With Howard County’s central location between the nation’s capital and the Baltimore metro area, you have a range of public transportation choices. To help plan your travel, Central Maryland Regional Transit’s website includes:
• Real-time bus departures
• A web-based trip planner based on public transit options, schedules and routes
• Information on alternative modes of transportation like biking, telecommuting or ridesharing.
View www.mdtrip.org or call 1.877.331.TRIP (8747)
For moving around inside of the county, Howard Transit provides public bus transportation and the Columbia Associations network of bike paths provide easy ways to pedal to your destination.
View the Department of Planning and Zoning’s complete list of Transportation Links.
Howard County Public Transportation
Local Bus Service is provided by Howard Transit and is a service of Howard County Government. The County is committed to providing safe, reliable and convenient transit services to County residents.
View Schedules and Routes.
Local Commuter Rail
MARC Train Service is a commuter rail system whose service areas include Harford County, Maryland; Baltimore City; Washington D.C.; Brunswick, Maryland; Frederick, Maryland and Martinsburg, West Virginia. MARC Train Service operates Monday through Friday only.
See more information, including Schedules and Routes.
The Light Rail is a local rail service that runs daily from BWI Marshall Airport, through Baltimore City, and up into Hunt Valley. It connects with the Baltimore Subway, which provides riders access to Owings Mills and Randalstown.
Learn more about Riding the Light Rail.
The Columbia Association built a network of 93.5 miles of pathways to be used for both recreation and commuting. These trails provide easy access throughout Columbia to individuals who would prefer to walk, run or bike to their destination.
View a map of the Pathways Network.
Two major interstate highways pass directly through Howard County.
- Interstate 95 passes through the Western part of the county and provides immediate access to 15 states on the east coast from Florida to Maine.
- Interstate 70 passes through the northern section of the county, providing highway access through the 10 states between Maryland to Utah.
|Driving Distance from Howard County
|New York, New York
|St. Louis, MO
Howard County's location provides easy access to both commuter and freight rail lines. With Amtrak Stations serving the Baltimore, Washington D.C., and BWI regions it is easy to use a commuter train for travel.
- BWI 9.0 miles
- BAL 15.0 miles
- WAS 22.6 miles
Howard County is also closely located to a several Freight Depots in the state.
Howard County is located just a short 21 miles from the Port of Baltimore, the 13th busiest of the nation’s 360 ports. Closer to the Midwest than any other East Coast port, the Port in Baltimore City is within an overnight drive of one-third of the nation's population. Five public and twelve private terminals handle the Port's traffic, including containerized cargo, ro/ro, autos, coal, wood pulp, and more.