Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland

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Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland (RTA)
Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland (logo).png
Founded July 1, 2014
Commenced operation July 1, 2014
Locale 8510 Corridor Road, Suite 110, Savage, Maryland 20763
Service area Anne Arundel, Howard County, City of Laurel and Northern Prince George's County
Service type Transit bus
Routes 15 total routes
Fleet 51 Fixed route buses, 28 Paratransit vehicles
Annual ridership 1.8 million (fixed route)
Fuel type diesel, gas and electric
Operator First Transit
General Manager Mark Pritchard[1]
Website http://www.transitRTA.com

Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland, locally referred to as the RTA, is a transit organization developed to establish a more effective and efficient public transportation system across Central Maryland. The RTA is made up of multiple jurisdictions including Anne Arundel County, Howard County, City of Laurel and Northern Prince George's County. The RTA combined the management and administrative functions of multiple transit operations, reducing operating costs by over 10%,[citation needed] and provided a better customer service experience by improving connections across Central Maryland[self-published source?]. The Commission allows all of the participating jurisdictions the ability to oversee transit management operations.

In 2014, Howard County initiated the Regional Transit Agency of Central Maryland, recruiting Anne Arundel County to join areas served by Central Maryland Regional Transit claiming the centralized authority initiated, managed and funded through Howard County would save money in contract expenses. CMRT bid on providing services to these regions after July 1, but lost to First Transit.[2]

In 2014, Howard County broke ground on a $7.2 million bus terminal at Savage, Maryland designed to house 120 buses.[3]

System[edit]

As of 2015 the system includes 15 bus routes traveling through Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Prince George's County, and the city of Laurel.[4]

Route Termini Areas Served Transfers
201/J Arundel Mills
Freetown Village
Hanover
Glen Burnie
Baltimore Light Rail
RTA 202, 501, 502
MTA Maryland 14, 17, 201
202/K Arundel Mills
Odenton MARC Station
Hanover
Fort Meade
Sevenoaks
Odenton
MARC Train
RTA 203, 501, 502
MTA Maryland 17, 201
203/M Odenton MARC Station
Crofton Village
Odenton
Crofton
MARC Train
RTA 202
301/A Town Centre at Laurel
South Laurel Drive
Laurel RTA 302, 409, 502, 503
Metrobus 87, 89, 89M
302/G Town Centre at Laurel
Greenbelt Metro Station
Laurel
Beltsville
Greenbelt
Metro Green Line
MARC Train
RTA 301, 409, 502, 503
Metrobus 87, 89, 89M
401
Green
Columbia Mall
Clary's Forest
Harper's Choice Village Center
Wilde Lake Village Center
Howard County General Hospital
Howard Community College
MTA Maryland 203, 310, 320
RTA 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 501, 503
404
Orange
Columbia Mall
King's Contrivance Village Center
King's Contrivance
Hickory Ridge
Howard County General Hospital
Howard Community College
MTA Maryland 203, 310, 320
RTA 405, 406, 407, 408, 501, 503
405
Yellow
Columbia Mall
Miller Branch Library
Dorsey's Search
Long Gate
Ellicott City
MTA Maryland 150, 203, 310, 320
RTA 404, 406, 407, 408, 501, 503
406
Red
Columbia Mall
Columbia Gateway Drive
Long Reach
Owen Brown
RTA 404, 405, 407, 408, 501, 503
407
Brown
Columbia Mall
King's Contrivance Village Center
Owen Brown
Oakland Mills
King's Contrivance
MTA Maryland 203, 310, 320
RTA 404, 405, 406, 408, 501, 503
408
Gold
Columbia Mall
MD Food Center/Jessup
Long Reach
Owen Brown
East Columbia/Columbia Gateway Office Park
Jessup
Waterloo
MTA Maryland 203, 310, 320
RTA 404, 405, 406, 407, 409, 501, 503
409
Purple
Town Centre at Laurel
Elkridge
Elkridge
Jessup
Savage
Laurel
MARC Train (Dorsey, Laurel)
MTA Maryland 320
Metrobus 87, 89, 89M, Z7
RTA 302, 408, 409, 502, 503
501
Silver
Columbia Mall
BWI Airport
Owen Brown
Jessup
South Elkridge
Arundel Mills
Hanover
BWI Business District
Amtrak/MARC Train (BWI Rail Station)
Baltimore Light Rail (BWI Business District)
MTA Maryland 17, 99, 201, 203, 310, 320
Metrobus B30
RTA 302, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 502, 503
502/B Town Centre at Laurel
Arundel Mills
Laurel
Maryland City
Hanover
Metrobus 87, 89, 89M, Z7
MTA Maryland 17, 201
RTA 201, 202, 301, 302, 409, 501
503/E Town Centre at Laurel
Columbia Mall
Laurel
Savage
Owen Brown
Columbia Town Center
Metrobus 87, 89, 89M, Z7
MTA Maryland 17, 201, 203, 310, 320
RTA 201, 202, 301, 302, 404, 405, 406, 408, 409, 501
Key Description
501 Official RTA route number.
100s City of Annapolis
200s Anne Arundel County
300s Prince George's County
400s Howard County
500s Regional
Silver Old name for the route (i.e. Howard Transit, Connect-a-Ride).

Hubs[edit]

RTA has a number of transit hubs where numerous bus lines meet. They include:

Fares[edit]

Bus fare can be purchased on the bus, at certain library branches, senior centers, and online.[4]

Type Fare (USD)
Regular Fare/per trip $2.00
One Way Reduced $1.00
Daily Pass
*sold on bus
$5.00
Reduced Daily Pass
*sold on bus
$2.50
Transfer
*MTA Charm Card and WMATA SmarTrip Cards accepted at designated stops
$1.00
Children Under 5-years-old Free

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RTA Appoints New General Manager to Oversee Operations And Administration" (Press release). Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland. September 29, 2015. Retrieved December 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ Amanda Yeager (March 27, 2014). "Howard, Anne Arundel join to form new Regional Transportation Agency". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ Candy Thomson (22 April 2013). "Howard, Anne Arundel officials lobby for regional bus system Transit lines would link communities to major employment centers". The Baltimore Sun. 
  4. ^ a b "Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland". 

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