Commuting 

 

Maryland offers a variety of options when it comes to traveling within the state. Maryland offers many ways to get around for all type of people. Our state is advanced enough that we cater to the regular SUV driver to the person that owns a bike for traveling. No matter how you want to travel, Maryland has tons of options. Below is all the many commuting information of the counties we cover and then some.

Examples of transportation Maryland offers are highways(some with high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes) for motor vehicles, buses, light rail trains, railroad trains and subways. 

 

 

Highways

Maryland offers several highways throughout Maryland that can take you all over. The major interstate highways often get congested during major commute times. These peak times range between 6am-9am and then 3:30pm-6:30 pm Monday-Friday.  

  • Washington county offers I-68, I-70, I-81 and route 40. 
  • Frederick county offers I-70, I-270, route 15, 40, and 340. 
  • Carroll county offers routes 32, 97 and 140. 
  • Montgomery county offers I-270 (HOV), I-495, I-370 (HOV), route 27, 29, 200, 355, 650. 
  • Howard county offers I-70, I-95, I-895, route 1, 29, 32, 97, and 100. 

Buses

Bus Transportation is provided throughout Maryland by different companies. The main bus services are run by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The MTA covers Frederick, Washington, Howard and Montgomery counties. The WMATA covers Montgomery County and other further counties. 

Carroll County a smaller bus transit system called Carroll Transit System, operated by Ride With Us. It’s a relativity new (founded in 2016) community transit system that happens to be a non-profit organization as well.  

Washington county offers a more extended bus service for their residents through Washington County Transit. 

Frederick County offers their own shuttle bus services for the Frederick city area called Transit Services. 

Howard County offers additional bus services via the Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland (RTA) for major cities such as Columbia, Ellicott City, Savage, Jessup, and Laurel. 

Railroad Trains

Maryland offers three commuter train lines from the Maryland Rail Commuter Service (MARC). The MARC train covers Washington, Frederick, Montgomery and Howard counties. Amtrak is the other railroad train service offered in Frederick, Washington, and Montgomery counties. 

Subways and Metro rail 

The Washington Metro rail runs through Montgomery County into Prince George’s County, Virginia and Washington DC. It's run by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). For your transit needs the Metro rail offers 6 lines, 91 metro stations and runs from 5 am (7 am weekends) to 12 am. The red line is the only metro line of Montgomery County. 

All Metro stations offer daily and hourly parking for vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles. Parking fees vary per station, check with WMATA parking for detailed information. 

Some stations offer short-term metered parking spaces and only accept quarters and $1 coins. 

The majority of stations offer reserved parking for a monthly fee which ranges from $45-$65. This fee doesn’t include the regular daily fee. Reserved parking is only in effect during the weekdays (except holidays) and until 10 am.  

You're allowed to bring your bike on the Metro rail, did you now? They’re permitted on weekdays, except during the peak hours of 7-10am and 4-7pm. They’re permitted all day on weekends and most holidays. Folded bicycles are allowed on the Metro rail all the time as long they’re securely folded. Parking your bike in the bicycle racks at the Metro station is also available and free. 

List of Montgomery County Metro Stations:

Bethesda

Forest Glen

Silver Spring

Grosvenor-Strathmore

Medical Center

Rockville

Shady Grove

Twin-brook

Wheaton

White Flint