Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland

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Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland logo-a.png
Headquarters 8510 Corridor Road, Suite 110
Savage, MD 20763
Jurisdictions Anne Arundel County, MD
Howard County, MD
Laurel, MD
Prince George's County, MD
Contractor First Transit
Founded July 1, 2014
Fleet size ~100 buses
Number of routes 15 Fixed-routes (17 proposed September 2017)
Ridership ~2 million (FY2016)
Union Teamsters Local 370
Website transitrta.com

Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland (RTA) is a private contracting agency in central Maryland overseeing the operation of transit service throughout the jurisdictions of Anne Arundel, Howard, and Prince George's Counties and the city of Laurel. Established on July 1, 2014, the service was at one time two separate transit companies: Corridor Transit Corporation (Connect-a-Ride) and Howard Transit - combined into one transit coalition to form the Central Maryland Regional Transit (CMRT) in early 2010's. CMRT, however, lost their contract bid to First Transit in 2014 to form, what is today, RTA. Paratransit service is also provided to residents within the Baltimore-Washington core to various points, including into the cities of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. RTA works closely with the state-owned agency Maryland Transit Administration (MTA Maryland), as well with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and other small transit services in the region to form the Central Maryland Transit Alliance.

In June 2017, RTA introduced their regional transit improvement plan to restructure and improve bus service throughout the region. They also launched three brand new zero-emissions electric buses, built by the Chinese-based manufacturer BYD, after a more than ten-year "go-green initiative" project provided by the TIGGER program and Maryland Department of Transportation. The charging process for these buses will use Momentum Dynamics Corporation's wireless inductive underground charging technology, which is built within the bus terminal at the Mall in Columbia in Howard county. The 401/Green route is the primary service use these vehicles but other lines could see electric buses on certain occasions.

Routing List

Regional Transit Agency of central Maryland operates 15 fixed-route lines throughout four city and county jurisdictions. Bus lines connect to various other major transit services, like: MTA Maryland, WMATA, Prince George's County TheBus, and Shuttle-UM providing direct-service to the University of Maryland's College Park campus from College Park Metrorail station. The busiest and most influential line for RTA is the Route 501; providing patrons an almost express-style service between Howard county and Baltimore via Light RailLINK, while also, generating development of areas around Jessup and Columbia.

Route Destination (A) Destination (B) Scheduled Days
(Weekday/Saturday/Sunday)
Frequency
(Wk/Sat/Sun)
Points of Interest Connection(s) to Rail Lines
(Light Rail)
(Metrorail)
(MARC)
Notes
201 Arundel Mills Cromwell/Glen Burnie Station
Freetown Village
Wk/Sat/Sun
45-90/120/150
  • Arundel Mills
  • ITT Technical Institute
  • Magellan Circle
  • Baltimore Commons
  • Glen Burnie
  • A.A.C.C. at Glen Burnie campus
  • Sun Valley Plaza
  • Freetown Village
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  • Sunday & Holiday service is combined with Route 502
202 Arundel Mills Odenton Station
Odenton Health Campus
Wk/Sat/Sun
45-90/90/90
  • Arundel Mills
  • Magellan Circle
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company
  • Fort Meade
  • Meade Village
  • Stillmeadows/Pioneer City
  • Seven Oaks
  • Odenton
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301 Towne Centre Laurel South Laurel Wk/Sat/-
60/60/-
  • Laurel High School
  • Laurel Regional Hospital
  • Centre at Laurel
  • Deerfield Apartments
  • South Laurel Park & Ride
  • Park-View Apartments at Laurel
  • South Laurel Drive
302
Weekdays
Towne Centre Laurel College Park Station Wk/-/-
60/-/-
  • Old Sandy Spring Road/Food Lion
  • Main Street in Laurel
  • Laurel College Center
  • Laurel Lake
  • Centre at Laurel
  • Muirkirk Meadows
  • Muirkirk Station
  • FDA Campus at Muirkirk campus
  • Ammendale
  • College Park Station
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302
Weekends
Towne Centre Laurel Greenbelt Station
College Park Station
-/Sat/Sun
-/60/60
  • Old Sandy Spring Road/Food Lion
    • No Sundays & Holidays
  • Main Street in Laurel
    • No Sundays & Holidays
  • Laurel College Center
    • No Sundays & Holidays
  • Laurel Lake
  • Centre at Laurel
  • Muirkirk Meadows
  • MVA
  • Beltsville
  • Greenbelt
  • Greenbelt Station
  • Prince George's Plaza
    • No Sundays & Holidays
  • College Park Station
    • No Sundays & Holidays
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  • Replaces service for WMATA Metrobus 89/89M on weekends & some holidays; operating on an identical routing
401 Mall in Columbia Clary's Forest Wk/Sat/Sun
30-60/60/60
  • Wilde Lake
  • Harper's Choice
  • Howard County General Hospital
  • Howard Community College
  • Hickory Ridge Place
  • Clary's Forest
404 Mall in Columbia King's Contrivance Wk/Sat/Sun
60/60/120
  • Wilde Lake
  • Harper's Choice
  • Howard County General Hospital
  • Howard Community College
  • Hickory Ridge Place
  • Sunny Spring
  • Robinson Nature Center
  • Hickory Ridge
  • GrassRoots Crisis Intervention Center
  • Quarterstaff Road
  • Atholton Shopping Center
  • 10000 Old Columbia Road
405 Mall in Columbia Ellicott City Wk/Sat/-
60/60/-
  • Fairway Hills
  • Dorsey's Search
  • Selbourne House Senior Living Apartments
  • Red Branch Park
  • Centre Park
  • Executive Park
  • Long Gate Shopping Center
  • Toll House Road
  • Main Street in Ellicott City
  • Howard County District Court/Courthouse Square
  • Normandy Shopping Center
  • Town & Country Boulevard
  • Heartlands Village Senior Care Center
  • Walmart
  • Park-View at Ellicott City
  • Chatham Gardens
  • Howard County Library at Miller Branch
  • Line is divided into two different routes looping the Ellicott City area
    • Loop "A" operates counterclockwise
    • Loop "B" operates clockwise
406 Mall in Columbia Howard County Complex
(Columbia Gateway Center)
Wk/Sat/Sun
30-60/60/120
  • Phelps Luck
  • Long Reach
  • Park-View at Columbia
  • Columbia Crossing I & II
  • Dobbin Center
  • Howard County WIC
  • Stanford Boulevard
  • Snowden Square
  • Department of Social Services
  • Columbia Gateway Center
407 Mall in Columbia King's Contrivance Wk/Sat/Sun
60/60/120
  • Columbia Medical Plan campus
  • Oakland Mills
  • Owen Brown
  • Snowden Square
  • Guilford
  • Woodvalley/Murray Hill
408 Maryland Food Center
(Jessup)
Mall in Columbia Wk/Sat/Su
60-120/120/-
  • Gateway Overlook
  • Waterloo Park
  • Snowden River Park & Ride
  • Long Reach
  • 5900 Tamar Drive
  • Oakland Mills
  • Columbia Medical Plan campus
409 Towne Centre Laurel Elkridge Wk/Sat/-
60/120/-
  • City of Laurel
  • Whiskey Bottom
  • CarMax at Laurel
  • RTA Headquarters
  • Corridor Road
  • RTA Bus Operations Facility
  • Savage Station
  • Annapolis Junction
  • GIANT Food Distribution Center
  • Dorsey Run
  • Patuxent Range
  • Maryland Food Center (Jessup)
  • U.S. Route 1 Marketplace
  • Meadowridge Park
  • Dorsey Station
    • Weekdays only
  • Amberton Business Park
    • Weekdays only
  • Troy Hill Drive
  • Howard County Library at Elkridge
  • Montgomery Woods
  • Elkridge Corners
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409-B North Laurel Community Center Maryland Food Center
(Jessup)
Wk/Sat/-
60/60/-
  • Whiskey Bottom
  • CarMax at Laurel
  • Patuxent Range
  • GIANT Food Center in Jessup
  • Dorsey Run
  • Sysco Food Distribution Center
  • Supplemental service for 409
501 BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport ✈ Mall in Columbia Wk/Sat/Su
90/60/120
  • BWI Business District Station ✈
  • BWI Rail Station ✈
  • Baltimore Commons
  • Arundel Mills
  • A.A.C.C. at Hanover campus (Weekdays only)
  • Meadowridge Park
  • Maryland Food Center (Jessup)
  • Snowden River Park & Ride
  • Snowden Square
  • Lincolin Technical Institute
  • Minstrel Way
  • Stevens Forest
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502
Weekdays
Towne Centre Laurel Arundel Mills Wk/-/-
60/-/-
  • Laurel College Center
  • Cherry Lane
  • Laurel Plaza
  • Laurel Park Racecourse
  • Maryland City
  • Russett Green
  • National Business Park
  • Arundel Preserve
502
Weekends
Towne Centre Laurel Arundel Mills -/Sat/Sun
-/120/150
  • Laurel College Center
  • Cherry Lane
  • Laurel Plaza
  • Laurel Park Racecourse
  • Maryland City
  • Russett Green
    • Walmart
  • Arundel Preserve
  • Sunday & Holiday service is combined with Route 201
503 Towne Centre Laurel Mall in Columbia Wk/Sat/-
60/60/-
  • Laurel Library
  • St. Vincent Palloti High School
  • Main Street in Laurel
  • All Saints
  • Noth Laurel Community Center
  • Howard County Library at Savage
  • Savage Mill
  • Aspenwood
  • Morningside Park Senior Living Apartments
  • Guilford
  • Patuxent Woods Drive
  • Owen Brown
  • Cradlerock Way
  • Humanim
504 Savage Station Piney Orchard Wk/-/-
30/-/-
  • National Business Park
  • Fort Meade
  • Seven Oaks
  • Odenton Station
  • Odenton
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  • Peak-hour commuter service to connect

Fleet roster

RTA's existing fleet consists of former Howard Transit and Connect-a-Ride (CTC) buses that absorb into one company after the merger to form the predecessor, Central Maryland Regional Transit. Some information is not complete and other bus models are missing, so the immediate vehicles from as early as 2001 is seen in the description below. Some buses were leased then exempt – or deemed missing – from any service records after the merger to form CMRT. A total of around forty buses are leased or bought out from other transit companies.

Current

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine/Motor Transmission/
Propulsion
Notes
1-9 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid 2.0 L Inline-4 cyl CVT Ford HF35
1.4 kWh lithium-ion battery
  • Primarily used for paratransit service.
  • 4-door sedan.
22-24? 2009? Ford/C&E E-450/Phoenix Ford Power Stroke V8 diesel 5-speed automatic One unit is active.
200-215 Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland 202-a.jpg 2014 Ford/C&E E-450/Phoenix Ford 6.8L Triton V10 gasoline Ford 5-speed transmission
  • 202 VIN# 1FDFE4FS1EDA05568
  • Primarily used for paratransit service.
  • Some units feature destination signs.
216-223 2017 Ford/C&E E-450/Phoenix Ford 6.8L Triton V10 gasoline Ford 5-speed transmission Primarily used for paratransit service.
1701-1703 Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland 1703-a.jpg 2017 BYD K9S 2 x 100 kW AC synchronous motor 80 kWh iron-phosphate battery
  • Wireless charging technology by Momentum Dynamics Corporation.[1]
  • First zero-emissions buses for RTA.
1704-1710 Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland 1710-a.jpg 2017 ElDorado National E-Z Rider II BRT Cummins B6.7 Allison B300R
  • Began revenue operations in December 2017
  • 32-foot units.
1801-1806 2018 ElDorado National E-Z Rider II BRT Cummins B6.7 Allison B300R
  • 32-foot units.
  • Order approved in November 2017 for six buses [2][3]
7001-7012 Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland 7009-a.jpg 2006 Thomas Saf-T-Liner HDX Detroit Diesel MBE 900 Allison MD 3000
8907-8911 Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland 8908-a.jpg 2000 NABI 416.10 Cummins M11E Allison B400R
  • Leased from MTA Maryland in 2017.
  • Used primarily on Route 501/Silver.
9520-9521 Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland 9521-a.jpg 2008 Gillig Low Floor HEV 35'
(G30B102N4)
Cummins ISB Allison EP40
hybrid system
9522-9524 2008 Chevrolet/Champion C5500/Defender GM 6.6L Duramax V8 diesel
  • Exempt from service or missing.
  • Status unknown.
9525 Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland 9525-a.jpg 2010 Gillig Low Floor HEV 35'
(G30B102N4)
Cummins ISB Allison EP40
hybrid system
9526-9533 Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland 9527-a.jpg 2010 IC Bus/ElDorado National HC Series 28'/Aero Elite Hybrid International MaxxForce DT Eaton Fuller
hybrid system
2011 models.
9534-9536 Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland 9534-a.jpg 2011 Gillig Low Floor HEV 35'
(G30B102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP
hybrid system
9536 was involved in major accident in fall 2016.[4] It has since been restored and placed back into service with new RTA livery.
9537-9539 Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland 9539-a.jpg 2011-2012 IC Bus/ElDorado National HC Series 28'/Aero Elite Hybrid International MaxxForce DT Eaton Fuller
hybrid system
  • 9537 was retired after being involved in a major accident in May 2016.
  • 9537 VIN # 5WEASAAM7DJ626339
9540-9542 2013 IC Bus/ElDorado National HC Series 28'/Aero Elite Hybrid International MaxxForce DT Eaton Fuller
hybrid system
9543 Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland 9543-a.jpg 2014 IC Bus/ElDorado National HC Series 28'/Aero Elite Hybrid International MaxxForce DT Allison 2000 series
  • 2015 model.
  • ADA-compliant wheelchair lift is located near the front door.
9544-9549 Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland 9544-a.jpg 2002 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G18E102R2)
Cummins ISC Voith DIWA 864.3 Ex-Duluth Transit Authority; bought in 2014.
9550-9554 Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland 9551-a.jpg 2002 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.3 Ex-St. Cloud Metropolitan Transit Commission 602, 603, 605, 617 and 618; bought in 2014.
  • 9554 VIN # 15GGB271521073051
9703 Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland 9703-a.jpg 2004 Chevrolet/ElDorado National Kodiak C5500/Aero Elite GM 6.6L Duramax V8 diesel 5-speed Automatic Ex-Connect-a-Ride (contracted by Yellow Transportation).
9704-9709 2006? International/ElDorado National 3200/Aero Elite International VT 365 Allison 2000 Ex-Connect-a-Ride (contracted by Yellow Transportation).
9710-9711 Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland 9710-a.jpg 2008? International/Champion 3200/EZ Trans International VT 365 Allison 2000 Ex-Connect-a-Ride (contracted by Yellow Transportation).

On order

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes


Retired

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine/
Motor
Transmission/
Propulsion
Notes
x01-x08 2010 Colonial Equipment Company Azura Citibus Hybrid System
  • Used primarily for paratransit service.
  • Build quality by Colonial Equipment Corporation[5]
  • Initial agreement to order 25 buses overall; contract was withheld the same year.
  • Retired in 2012?
0701-0710? 2007? International/Champion 3200/Defender International VT 365 Allison 2000
  • Ex-Connect-a-Ride (contracted by Yellow Transportation).
  • Retired before merger.
8900-8903 Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland 8902 and 8903-a.jpg 1999 NABI 416.09 Cummins M11E Allison B400R
  • Leased from MTA Maryland in 2014.
  • Used primarily on Route 501/Silver.
  • Retired in 2017.
9512-9515 Howard Transit 9515-a.jpg 2001 Freightliner FB-65 Caterpillar 3126 Allison 2400 Retired in 2016.
9516-9519 2002? Ford/StarTrans E-450/? Ford 7.3L Power Stroke V8 diesel Ford 5-speed Automatic Retired in 2016.

References

  1. Momentum Dynamics Corporation Provides Howard County Maryland with Wireless Charging for Electric Bus Project, Business Wire. Dated June 21, 2017, retrieved July 23, 2017.
  2. County Executive Kittleman improves transit fleet; puts seven new buses into service, Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland. Dated December 19, 2017, retrieved January 14, 2018.
  3. County Executive Kittleman Improves Transit Fleet; Puts Seven New Buses Into Service, HowardCountyGov / YouTube. Uploaded on December 18, 2017, retrieved January 14, 2018.
  4. 19 Injured In AACo. RTA Bus Collision, Police Say, WJZ-TV. Dated July 24, 2016, retrieved July 23, 2017.
  5. Colonial Equipment Co. Delivers Hybrid Electric CitiBuses™ to Howard County Government, Press Release Distribution. Dated January 21, 2010, retrieved July 22, 2017.