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March 13, 2001
Howard County Executive James N. Robey has announced that Howard Transit will improve its public bus service by expanding and modifying the Yellow Route through Ellicott City and enhancing service on the Brown Route through southeastern Columbia, beginning Monday. The two routes will be restructured to include new stops at Selborne House, Morningside House (formerly Chancellor Gardens), the Long Gate Park-and-Ride and the Howard County Health Department. The Brown Route will be extended to include a stop at Snowden Square, for connections to and from the Red, Red Express and Purple routes.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | April 15, 2014
The Laurel City Council approved an ordinance this week that makes the city part of the new Regional Transit Agency aimed at replacing nonprofit Central Maryland Regional Transit. The council voted unanimously to join the new agency, spearheaded by Howard County government, making them the third government entity, behind Howard and Anne Arundel County, to leave CMRT for the new authority, which was announced by Howard County in March. Forming the new agency and cutting ties with CMRT - an independent nonprofit that buses 2 million riders annually between Laurel, College Park, Columbia, Arundel Mills and Odenton, as well as other paratransit, regional commuter and Howard's local Howard Transit routes - is being touted by advocates as a cost saving measure that will cut out the middle man. According to a Howard County news release, the new service will cut $2 million a year in costs for Howard and Anne Arundel Counties, which officials said can be used to improve the service.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 20, 2004
Howard Transit will raise fares July 1 in an effort to offset rising costs. The base fare will rise from $1 to $1.50. Fares for senior citizens, disabled riders and students will rise from 25 cents to 50 cents. Fares for HT Ride, a service for those who, because of age or disability, cannot use regular bus routes, will rise from $2 to $2.50. Low-income passengers for this service may qualify for reduced fares. The Public Transportation Board voted to raise fares for the first time in its seven-year history at its meeting last month.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Howard County will move ahead with the launch of its new regional transit agency this summer despite a legislative decision in Annapolis to withhold state funding from the operation until it is studied further. David Nitkin , a county spokesman, said riders using Howard Transit and other local bus services "will keep getting the best service possible," even if that means the county has to temporarily foot the bill while waiting on the state. "We can and we will work to minimize the effects that this funding delay will have on customers," Nitkin said.
NEWS
By Tawanda W. Johnson and Tawanda W. Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 25, 2004
Anna Levin has never considered art her strength. So, when the Harper's Choice Middle School pupil was named one of five winners of the Images of Freedom art contest as part of Black History Month, she was thrilled. "I was so surprised," said the 13-year-old eighth-grader. Sponsored by the Columbia Association, Corridor Transportation Corp. and the Howard County Office of Public Information, the contest also celebrates the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education, the 1954 landmark decision that ended school segregation.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 22, 2003
When a Maryland Transit Administration commuter bus that runs from Columbia to Baltimore discontinues all its neighborhood stops in a week, Howard County buses will pick up the slack. County Executive James N. Robey has decided to spend the roughly $42,000 a year needed to send two Howard Transit vehicles to the same general areas where the No. 310 commuter bus has traveled, though with about half as many pickup points. Faced with a budget crunch, the MTA decided this month to eliminate the 20 or so stops in Oakland Mills and Long Reach villages.
NEWS
June 18, 2008
Howard County government offices, courts, animal shelter, library branches and the landfill will be closed in observance of Independence Day, Friday, July 4. There will be no recycling or trash service July 4. Trash will be collected July 5 for Friday and Saturday routes. Recycling and yard waste collection for Friday routes will be collected July 11. Parking meters are free July 4. Howard Transit and Connect-a-Ride will run limited routes July 4 (Howard Transit - Red, Silver, Green, Brown and Orange; and Connect-A-Ride J, K and the Laurel Loop)
NEWS
January 13, 2010
Howard County has received eight hybrid buses for its 28-vehicle paratransit fleet, enabling the replacement of 10-year-old vehicles that have about 300,000 miles on them - double their expected life span and mileage. Howard Transit uses the vehicles to provide by-appointment transportation for handicapped residents. The new hybrid vehicles cost $200,000 each, with three paid for with federal stimulus money and three more with county funds. The other two vehicles were paid for with 80 percent federal money and 10 percent each from the state and the county.
NEWS
August 30, 2013
On Monday, Sept. 2, the following schedule will be in effect in Howard County: Animal shelter: closed Banks: closed County buses: Howard Transit's Brown, Green, Orange, Red and Silver routes and Central Maryland Regional Transit Routes J and K will operate on a Sunday schedule; Howard Transit's Gold, Purple and Yellow routes and Central Maryland Regional Transit Routes A, B, C, E, G, H and M will not operate. For more information on Howard Transit, call 1-800-270-9553.  Courts: closed Federal/state/county offices : closed Landfill: closed Libraries: closed MARC: No service Parks/Community Centers: The Cedar Lane Activity Room, Gary J. Arthur Community Center, county historic sites, Kiwanis-Wallas Community Center, Meadowbrook Athletic Center, North Laurel Community Center, Robinson Nature Center and the Schooley Mill Activity Room will be closed; the Roger Carter Community Center and county parks will be open.  Parking: All parking regulations and fees will be in effect Post offices: closed Trash and recycling: There will be no trash, recycling or yard waste pick-up, and the county's holiday "slide" schedule will be in effect.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | July 1, 2004
After 27 years of providing rides for Howard County's poor, the Urban Rural Transportation Alliance closed yesterday - in some ways a victim of its own success. Mary Jo Barranco, president and board chairwoman, said 24 employees lost their jobs, but people who relied on URTA won't be stranded. Howard Transit's medical para-transit service and agencies like the Association of Retarded Citizens should pick up the slack, she said. "We're working to ensure that clients get the care they need," said Susan Rosenbaum, director of the county Department of Citizen Services.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
Convinced it can spend less money yet provide better bus service, Howard County plans to cut out the organization that provides transportation to thousands of Central Marylanders each day and replace it with a new transit agency. Howard County officials are luring partners such as Prince George's County, Annapolis and Laurel to the new Regional Transportation Agency, promising lower costs and more control over operational decisions. On Thursday, Anne Arundel County joined Howard's venture.
NEWS
August 30, 2013
On Monday, Sept. 2, the following schedule will be in effect in Howard County: Animal shelter: closed Banks: closed County buses: Howard Transit's Brown, Green, Orange, Red and Silver routes and Central Maryland Regional Transit Routes J and K will operate on a Sunday schedule; Howard Transit's Gold, Purple and Yellow routes and Central Maryland Regional Transit Routes A, B, C, E, G, H and M will not operate. For more information on Howard Transit, call 1-800-270-9553.  Courts: closed Federal/state/county offices : closed Landfill: closed Libraries: closed MARC: No service Parks/Community Centers: The Cedar Lane Activity Room, Gary J. Arthur Community Center, county historic sites, Kiwanis-Wallas Community Center, Meadowbrook Athletic Center, North Laurel Community Center, Robinson Nature Center and the Schooley Mill Activity Room will be closed; the Roger Carter Community Center and county parks will be open.  Parking: All parking regulations and fees will be in effect Post offices: closed Trash and recycling: There will be no trash, recycling or yard waste pick-up, and the county's holiday "slide" schedule will be in effect.
BUSINESS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2013
When Howard County's transportation chief looks at a flow chart of mass transit service in the suburbs south of Baltimore, he sees a tangle of "spaghetti mesh" that ill serves the region's workers, senior citizens and handicapped. John Powell Jr. hopes to bring order to that chaos next year by uniting Howard and Anne Arundel County bus services under a single entity that would eventually morph into the state's first regional transit authority. Annapolis and Laurel officials are considering joining the effort.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2012
Howard County must act soon to improve its public transit options, the county's new transportation chief says, arguing that the growing population will be choked with traffic in coming years if people are not provided with better options. John Powell Jr., who took over Howard's transportation department in March, presented his first budget to the County Council last week. In defending the $7.4 million spending plan, Powell discussed the broad transportation issues for the department, created last year.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2011
Maryland will receive $2 million from the federal government to improve the delivery of transportation services to veterans and their families under a program announced Wednesday in Baltimore by the nation's No. 2 transportation official. John D. Porcari, deputy U.S. transportation secretary, returned to the state where he served two stints as transportation chief to announce that two Maryland groups would each receive a grant to help ensure that veterans receive better information about bus service and other rides available in their communities.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2010
Howard County will add three electric buses that use an advanced technology — the first of its kind in an American public transit system — that lets the vehicles be recharged without plugging them into an outlet. County executive Ken Ulman announced that Howard Transit has received federal funding to acquire the full-size, lightweight buses for use on routes in and around Columbia. The buses use what is called an inductive charger that repowers the bus batteries without a physical connection.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2010
Howard County will add three electric buses that use an advanced technology — the first of its kind in an American public transit system — that lets the vehicles be recharged without plugging them into an outlet. County executive Ken Ulman announced that Howard Transit has received federal funding to acquire the full-size, lightweight buses for use on routes in and around Columbia. The buses use what is called an inductive charger that repowers the bus batteries without a physical connection.
NEWS
By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2010
Getting around Howard County on a public bus has been slow since 41-year-old David Bittner was a kid. Back then, he knew that his bicycle was a faster way to get to the town's shopping mall from Owen Brown than the old Rouse Co. Columbus system. Suburbia, after all, wasn't designed for mass transit. Now Bittner, an advocate for an expanded transit bridge over Route 29, is urging a seven-member commission again trying to craft new approaches to suburban public transit to stretch for "new ideas, creative ideas.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2010
The Howard County transportation board voted unanimously Tuesday night to ask county executive Ken Ulman to restore funding for Sunday bus service next fiscal year after hearing impassioned pleas from about 40 desperate Howard Transit riders and one bus driver at a public hearing. Although the budget for fiscal 2011 is already adopted and a second public hearing on transit cuts is scheduled for June 22, board chairwoman Carol Filipczak said the board must act now, without waiting for the next hearing or $1.9 million worth of higher fares and service cuts to take effect July 1. Continuing Sunday service, which provides buses every two hours, would cost $166,000, she said.
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