Local/Regional Bus Service:

Columbia is served by the Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland (RTA). RTA provides extensive bus service in and around Howard County with 15 routes, seven of which connect at the Mall in Columbia. General operations are 6am-10pm Monday through Friday, and 8am-6pm on weekends and holidays. For more information on how to get to your destination, please visit www.transitRTA.com. Tickets may be purchased at the following locations: http://www.transitrta.com/fares-tickets/ticket-centers/

Columbia is also served by commuter buses with direct connections to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. To help plan your trip to work and purchase tickets, please visit: www.mta.maryland.gov/commuter-bus.

Neighbor Ride

An affordable, volunteer-based supplemental transportation system for Howard County seniors. Neighbor Ride helps connect seniors to people, services and activities that add meaning and value to their lives. To request a ride, please call 410-884-RIDE.

Senior Events Shuttle

Columbia Association sponsors a free, small group, curb-to-curb evening (after 4:30pm) and weekend transportation shuttle to cultural events throughout Howard County for groups of four or more seniors ages 60 and older. To request or cancel a ride, please call 410-715-3087. A volunteer will call back with a confirmation.For more information, use this link.

Active Transportation

Columbia’s 95-mile pathway system provides off-road connections between neighborhoods, schools, village centers, and recreation and employment areas.