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Only Howard County offers you the unique advantage of a central location directly between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore—with easy access to a range of transportation options. So right away, you can connect with one of the densest concentrations of tech industries in the country—and to leading military institutions and government agencies such as the National Security Administration, the Social Security Administration, the National Institutes of Health, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Ft. Meade, the Department of Homeland Security, and Aberdeen Proving Grounds.

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The county's location provides it with convenient access to transportation via air, rail, ground and sea.

Public Transit 

With Howard County’s central location between the nation’s capital and the Baltimore metro area, you have a range of public transportation choices. To help plan your travel, Central Maryland Regional Transit’s website includes:

• Real-time bus departures
• A web-based trip planner based on public transit options, schedules and routes
• Information on alternative modes of transportation like biking, telecommuting or ridesharing.

View www.mdtrip.org or call 1.877.331.TRIP (8747)

For moving around inside of the county, Howard Transit provides public bus transportation and the Columbia Associations network of bike paths provide easy ways to pedal to your destination.  

View the Department of Planning and Zoning’s complete list of Transportation Links.


Howard County Public Transportation

Local Bus Service is provided by Howard Transit and is a service of Howard County Government. The County is committed to providing safe, reliable and convenient transit services to County residents.

View Schedules and Routes


Local Commuter Rail

MARC Train Service is a commuter rail system whose service areas include Harford County, Maryland; Baltimore City; Washington D.C.; Brunswick, Maryland; Frederick, Maryland and Martinsburg, West Virginia. MARC Train Service operates Monday through Friday only.

See more information, including Schedules and Routes.

The Light Rail is a local rail service that runs daily from BWI Marshall Airport, through Baltimore City, and up into Hunt Valley. It connects with the Baltimore Subway, which provides riders access to Owings Mills and Randalstown.

Learn more about Riding the Light Rail.


Columbia Pathways

The Columbia Association built a network of 93.5 miles of pathways to be used for both recreation and commuting. These trails provide easy access throughout Columbia to individuals who would prefer to walk, run or bike to their destination.

View a map of the Pathways Network.


Interstate Highway

Two major interstate highways pass directly through Howard County.

  • Interstate 95 passes through the Western part of the county and provides immediate access to 15 states on the east coast from Florida to Maine.
  • Interstate 70 passes through the northern section of the county, providing highway access through the 10 states between Maryland to Utah.
Driving Distance from Howard County Miles
Atlanta, Georgia 648
Baltimore, Maryland 11
Boston, Massachusetts 408
Chicago, Illinois 678
Cleveland, OH 361
Indianapolis, IN 581
New York, New York 197
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 108
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 215
Richmond, Virginia 136
St. Louis, MO 855
Washington, DC 31


Howard County's location provides easy access to both commuter and freight rail lines. With Amtrak Stations serving the Baltimore, Washington D.C., and BWI regions it is easy to use a commuter train for travel. 

  1. BWI 9.0 miles
  2. BAL 15.0 miles
  3. WAS 22.6 miles

Howard County is also closely located to a several Freight Depots in the state. 


Regional Airports

Howard County is easily accessible by air from the following three major regional airports:

Airport Miles
Baltimore Washington International Airport - Thurgood MarshallIn 2010, BWI was ranked as the best airport of its size (15–25 mil. passengers) in the world by the Airports Council International 9.0
Reagan Washington National 45.7
Washington Dulles International 54.2


Howard County is located just a short 21 miles from the Port of Baltimore, the 13th busiest of the nation’s 360 ports. Closer to the Midwest than any other East Coast port, the Port in Baltimore City is within an overnight drive of one-third of the nation's population. Five public and twelve private terminals handle the Port's traffic, including containerized cargo, ro/ro, autos, coal, wood pulp, and more.

Port Miles
Port of Baltimore 21.2

Doing Business Here

Howard County boasts a thriving and vibrant economy, which makes it the first choice for smart businesses looking to start or expand in the Mid-Atlantic. Add in its central location between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and you have a real win-win. Howard County also offers more than 70-million square feet of commercial space, providing businesses with the perfect location to do business.

Living Here

Howard County is continually ranked among the most affluent, advanced and educated communities in the United States. There is immediate access to leading educational and health care institutions, upscale retail, and outstanding recreation and entertainment.