Maryland Locally Operated Transit Systems
The primary purpose of the Office of Local Transit Support (OLTS) is to provide a variety of technical assistance services to the Local Operating Transit Systems (LOTS) operating in the State of Maryland. These include:
- Federal and State Regulatory Compliance
A county's LOTS services varies in relation to the jurisdiction's size and population density. Some jurisdiction's have extensive fixed-route service, while others offer demand-response service that provides door-to-door transportation.
MTA manages a number of funding programs available to transportation operators throughout the State. These programs support both public transportation and specialized transportation services.
- LOTS Program Manual 2017
- MarylandTRAIN On-Line Training Program
- Tracks and Training Courses
- Grant Funding Application
- Transportation Association of Maryland (TAM)
Grant Exhibits & Master Agreement Documents
- Exhibit A-5333(b) Warranty
- Exhibit B-Guidelines for Project Administration
- Exhibit C-Authorized Designee-Regional Planners
- FTA Master Agreement
Anne Arundel County Transit provides Fixed Route and complementary Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Paratransit services outside the corporate limits of the City of Annapolis, in Anne Arundel County. Anne Arundel County Transit connects with MDOT MTA’s MARC Train, Light Rail, BaltimoreLink, and Commuter Bus routes and operates a taxi voucher program and demand response transportation service for elderly residents and residents with disabilities.
The Annapolis Department of Transportation (ADOT), servicing the City of Annapolis, provides transit and commuter solutions through Shuttle and Fixed Routes, as well as transportation for the elderly and persons with disabilities. ADOT connects with MDOT MTA’s BaltimoreLink and Commuter Bus.
Howard Transit is operated by the Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland (RTA). Howard Transit offers several fixed routes, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit, and demand response services for individuals with disabilities and senior citizens who cannot ride fixed route buses. Howard Transit connects with MDOT MTA’s MARC Train. BaltimoreLink, and Commuter Bus routes in Howard County.
Public transportation services in Montgomery County include local bus provided by RideOn and MetroBus, connecting with MetroRail, MetroAccess, MARC Train, and Commuter Bus. The Montgomery County Department of Public Works and Transportation provides fixed route transit services throughout the county with its RideOn Bus System. The county also operates a specialized transportation service, Call 'N' Ride, for the elderly and persons with disabilities.
Prince George's County operates a fixed route public transportation system known as The Bus, along with paratransit services known as Call-A-Bus, Call-A-Cab, and Senior Transportation Services (STS). In addition, the County connects with MDOT MTA’s MARC Train and Commuter Bus, and WMATA’s MetroBus and MetroRail.
Allegany County Transit (ACT) provides fixed-route bus service in Cumberland and the surrounding area. All routes originate in Downtown Cumberland and serve LaVale, Cresaptown, Frostburg, Frostburg State University Campus, Midland, Lonaconing, Barton, and Westernport. In addition, ACT operates Alltrans, a demand-response and (ADA) paratransit service for elderly residents and persons with disabilities.
Public transportation services in Frederick County include local connections to MetroBus, MetroRail, MDOT MTA’s MARC Train, and Commuter Bus. TransIT provides fixed-route transportation and various shuttle services for the County and the City of Frederick, as well as demand-response paratransit service for senior citizens and people with disabilities, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratransit for individuals with disabilities who are unable to use the fixed route bus system.
GTS provides demand response service to the residents of Garrett County.
WCT operates fixed route public transportation to County residents, as well as complementary Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) service and contracted taxi voucher service to the elderly and persons with disabilities.
CCPT provides fixed route public and demand response transportation for seniors and those with qualifying disabilities, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) service around the fixed route service. In addition, CCPT connects St. Mary’s County Transportation Services (STS) and Charles County VanGo Service.
VanGo provides fixed route public and demand response transportation for seniors and those with qualifying disabilities, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) service around the fixed route service. In addition, VanGo connects with MDOT MTA’s Commuter Bus, St. Mary’s Transit, Calvert Transit, and Prince George’s County The Bus.
STS provides fixed-route and demand-response public transportation to residents of St. Mary’s County, as well as complementary Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratransit service. In addition, STS connects with MDOT MTA’s Commuter Bus.
Baltimore City Commission on Aging and Retirement Education (C.A.R.E.) & Charm City Circulator (CCC)
Baltimore City C.A.R.E. provides 24-hour, general purpose, curb-to-curb taxi service for residents who are 60 years of age or older or persons with disabilities. The CCC consists of fixed route service in the downtown area, and connects with MDOT MTA’s BaltimoreLink, Commuter Bus, Metro, Light Rail, Mobility paratransit, Call-A-Ride taxi access, and MARC Train.
Baltimore County operates CountyRide, a demand-response transportation system supporting the elderly and people with disabilities, as well as citizens of all ages in rural areas.
The Towson Loop is a free transit service that quickly and conveniently connects residents, commuters, students, and visitors to stops throughout Towson’s central business district.
Trailblazer offers deviated fixed route service for Carroll County residents . All Trailblazer routes are deviated up to ¾ mile for patrons including visitors with or without disabilities.
Cecil County Transit operates public transit across the county with fixed routes, demand response service, and a taxi voucher program. Fixed route deviation may be made within ¾ of a mile of the route; advanced scheduling required. Cecil County Transit connects with MDOT MTA’s MARC Train service.
Harford County Transit LINK provides fixed-route and demand-response transportation services to the general public, the elderly, and persons with disabilities who reside in the County. The LINK also connects with MDOT MTA’s MARC Train, Metro, Commuter Bus, and regional Greyhound service.
Shore Transit provides fixed, deviated fixed, and demand response transit services to the general public, elderly, and to persons with disabilities throughout the lower-shore region.
DCT provides fixed route and demand response transit service to the general public, the elderly, and to persons with disabilities. In addition, DCT provides Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) transportation services to people with disabilities who are unable to access a fixed route and are eligible for the service.
DCT provides fixed route, deviated fixed route, and demand response transit services to the general public, elderly, and to persons with disabilities throughout Kent, Caroline, and Talbot counties. Queen Anne’s County Ride works with DCT to make public transportation more efficient and effective through the increased coordination of services.
Ocean City Transportation operates a fixed route public transportation service that runs 365 days per year. Ocean City also provides demand response service to supplement the fixed route system for those individuals who cannot access or use the fixed route system.
County Ride provides deviated-fixed route and demand response service to the general public, older adults, and people with disabilities, as well as a coordinated transportation effort with Delmarva Community Transit (DCT).