Bus riders in Howard, Anne Arundel, and parts of Prince George’s Counties could pay less to ride frequently under a new streamlined fare structure, and seniors and students could avoid paying at all.

The Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland is looking to make fares consistent across the entire region, and is proposing adjustments that could impact monthly riders, seniors, and students. In many cases, riders will pay less than before when riding Howard County Transit and Connect-A-Ride services.

The base fare of a ride will remain $2 throughout the entire system.

But RTA is proposing the following changes:

  • One-way fares for seniors and the disabled will now be free, down from $1.
  • Students with valid ID can now ride for $1.
  • A 10-ride booklet will now cost $15, up from $13.50.
  • A monthly regular fare pass will now cost $40 for all buses. It had been $47 for Howard County Transit buses and $60 for Connect-A-Ride.
  • A monthly pass for seniors and the disabled is now free.
  • A monthly pass for students age 18 and above is now $16, down from $20.
  • A $5 all-day fare, currently available only on Connect-A-Ride buses, will now be available on Howard County Transit buses also.

The changes to fare policies could also make things less confusing to riders. Currently, Howard County Transit and Connect-A-Ride Buses differ in some fare policies because they once operated as completely separate systems. The two services merged to form RTA Central Maryland in 2004.

RTA Central Maryland serves Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, as well as the City of Laurel and portions of North Prince George’s County.

See the full details of all fare changes.

There will be a public meeting on April 24 at 6 p.m. to discuss these changes. The meeting will be held at RTA headquarters at 8510 Corridor Road in Savage. Th public can offer comment on the proposed changes by emailing consumer@transitrta.com.

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