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Pedestrian Access


Regional Initiatives and Planning

Transportation Development Plan 


Pedestrian Plan 

Brian Muldoon | 410-313-4363
Master Plan | Improvement Locations | Map 3.23 MB
A framework for guiding and prioritizing both public and private pedestrian improvements. Potential projects are prioritized on the basis of safety, level of demand, engineering feasibility, cost and other factors.


Study, planning and implementation of highway, sidewalk and pathway improvements both locally and regionally.

Agency Coordination
Howard County coordinates transportation planning efforts with the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) and the State Highway Administration (SHA). The Baltimore Regional Transportation Plan, Transportation Outlook 2030, was approved by the Regional Transportation Board in December 2004. The plan includes a Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) that identifies specific transportation projects in the region over a five year period.

Howard County TIP
MD State Highway Administration
Development Projects 

County Traffic Count Data | Database | Maps 

Identify trends and needed improvements to the county road system. These data are subject to sampling and seasonal variations that reflect fluctuations in normal traffic flow. They are not intended and should not be used to substitute for the collection of traffic counts required as part of the County's development review process. 


Regional Planning Initiatives

Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB): The mission of the BRTB is to provide regional transportation planning and policy making for the Baltimore region. The BRTB is a 10 member board representing seven jurisdictions in the region plus three state agencies. County Executive Ken Ulman is the chair of the board and is represented through an empowered representative from the Department of Planning and Zoning.

BRTP: Transportation Outlook 2035: A federally mandated long-range transportation plan for the Baltimore region. It serves as a multi-modal blueprint for the Baltimore area by identifying the ways the region plans to invest Federal and State funds in the transportation system over the next few decades. There are opportunities for public participation in the decisions that effect the region.

Initiatives and Studies
Baltimore Regional Rail System Plan: The final Report, prepared by the Maryland Transit Administration, recommends a rail system over the next 40 years which includes a rail line into Howard County and Columbia. 

Red Line Corridor Study: The proposed Red Line, the first step toward the Regional Rail System Plan, is a 12 mile, east-west transit corridor connecting the areas of Woodlawn (the location nearest Howard County), West Baltimore, downtown Baltimore, Canton and the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Campus. The current schedule anticipates completion by 2016.


Transportation Development Plan - FINAL REPORT - March 2009 


Annual Transportation Grant Application  

The Howard County Government, Department of Planning and Zoning, will be submitting an application to the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) to receive funding for FY2013 ATP grant.   

Grant funds in the amount of $2,348,361 are being requested from the Federal Transit Administration and the Maryland Transit Administration.  Funds will be utilized to promote commuter and local transit services to residents and businesses of Howard County, Maryland. The Draft FY 2013 grant application will be available by February 7, 2012 for review by the general public on weekdays between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, at the Department of Planning and Zoning, Transportation Planning Division, 3430 Court House Drive, MD 21043.  Requests for a public hearing on the Draft FY 2013 application should be in writing and be received by the Department of Planning and Zoning no later than 4:00 PM on February 28, 2012. 


If this application is successful, the funding award may contain Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds. 


For additional information regarding the proposals and existing programs, please contact the Department of Planning and Zoning at 410-313-2350. If significant community input is received, a formal public hearing on the proposal may be scheduled at a later date.