Anne Arundel County and Howard County
Interstates and major highways connect Anne Arundel and Howard counties to Washington, D.C., other historic and scenic parts of Maryland and the Eastern region of the country. While many people traveling in the area choose to drive, there are many public transit and other commuter options for those who work in Washington, D.C., or Baltimore. The area is also served by a Greyhound station.
For those who choose to fly, there are three major airports with numerous airlines, including international carriers.
Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport
Maryland Aviation Administration
Third Floor, Terminal Building
BWI Airport, MD 21240
BWI Marshall is a world-class airport with access to destinations around the world. While many regional residents and businesses rely on the airport’s passenger and cargo services, its economic contributions also are significant, making BWI Marshall not only an air transportation center but also a catalyst for growth and jobs. Activities including passenger airlines and taxi services, retail operators, security services, facilities construction and maintenance create jobs and revenue for the entire region, in addition to spending by visitors. In 2014, the most recent figures available, BWI Marshall contributed nearly 98,000 jobs, $3.8 billion in personal income, $7 billion in business revenue and $1.6 billion in local purchases, according to the 2015 Regional and Local Economic Impacts analysis by the Maryland Aviation Administration. The total tax contribution was more than $796 million that year.
BWI Marshall sits on 3,596 acres within Anne Arundel County. The passenger terminal is nearly 2 million square feet, with five concourses (four domestic, one international) and 68 jet gates with five dedicated to commuter traffic. BWI Marshall has 17 commercial airlines and averages 65,270 passengers a day, with 23.82 million commercial passengers per year. The five busiest passenger airlines are Southwest/Air Tran, American, Delta, United and Spirit.
Military personnel can take advantage of the USO International Gateway Lounge on the lower level, International Pier, next to Baggage Claim 14. The $1.1 million 5,000-square-foot facility has a staffed hospitality desk; secure baggage storage; a sleeping room with wake-up calls; free wireless internet access; a technology center; wireless phones and DSN telephone and fax lines; free photocopying and faxing; a family room with cribs, toys, a TV, and a DVD and movie library; restrooms with diaper-changing tables; a 72-inch TV with a DVD and large movie library; a snack bar; ground transportation and lodging assistance; and Air Mobility Command BWI flight information.
A free airport shuttle carries passengers from the lower level terminal for a 10-minute ride to the new car rental facility and its 11 agencies.
Other transportation options include the taxi stand outside the lower level baggage claim; shuttles; bus service by four regional operators; and AMTRAK, MARC and MTA Light Rail train connections.
BWI Marshall is 28 miles from Howard County and 24 from Anne Arundel County.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
1 Aviation Circle
Washington, D.C. 20001
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport sits on 860 acres just across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital. Built in 1941, the airport’s original terminal, now called Terminal A, is on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1987, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority was formed to operate Washington National and Dulles International airports, which were built and owned by the federal government. Reagan National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport are part of a two-airport system that provides domestic and international air service for the Washington, D.C., metropolitan and surrounding regions.
Reagan National has 45 gates and is served by 10 commercial passenger airlines, including Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Sun Country, United and Virgin America.
Airport shuttle buses ferry passengers to all terminals and the car rental and parking areas. The airport houses nine rental car agencies with a 10th off site.
Washington, D.C.’s, Metrorail connects to the concourse level of Terminals B and C. Metrorail provides access to locations throughout Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland, and taxi lines wait outside all terminal baggage claim areas.
Reagan National served 344,257 passengers the year it opened in 1941 and reached the 1 million annual passenger mark in 1946. In 2016, the airport served a record 23.6 million passengers.
The airport, 36 miles from Howard County, features an unequaled view of Washington, D.C., and key monuments, and quality shopping and dining before and after security checkpoints. The airport is 39 miles from Anne Arundel County.
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Aviation and Autopilot Drives
Sterling, VA 20166
Washington Dulles International Airport sits on nearly 12,000 acres in Chantilly, Virginia, 37 miles from Howard County and about 55 miles from Anne Arundel County. Dulles is a major hub for domestic and international air travel with 10 domestic legacy and low-fare carriers and 27 international carriers that provide air service throughout the world. Flights operate from midfield concourses A, B, C and D and Z-gates connected to the Main Terminal. The airport links to the region’s highway system via an authority-operated, 16-mile Airport Access Highway.
Washington Dulles has 139 gates. Its 37 commercial airlines include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Air France, Lufthansa, Emirates, JetBlue and other domestic and international carriers, and the airport served more than 21.7 million passengers in 2015.
The USO Lounge in the Main Terminal’s baggage claim level, before the security checkpoint, welcomes military personnel and their families, more than 25,000 visitors every year.
Airport transportation includes shuttle buses that carry passengers to nine rental car companies; the nonstop Silver Line Express bus from the airport to the Wiehle Avenue Metrorail Station; and Washington Flyer taxicabs at Doors 2 and 6 on the terminal’s lower level.
7 Amtrak Way
BWI Airport, MD 21240
Free shuttle buses from this station serve BWI Marshall Airport, operating every 12 to 25 minutes daily. Buses stop adjacent to the rail station garage directly in front of the rail station. The station also is part of the passenger railroad’s Acela Express, Northeast Regional and Vermonter routes. Visit the website for schedules, fares and more information.
The MARC Camden Line has four stations in Howard County — Dorsey, Jessup, Savage and Laurel — with service to downtown Baltimore and Metro connections to Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.
In Anne Arundel County, the MARC Penn line stops at Odenton with connections to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. For commuter train maps, schedules, fares and more information, visit the MARC website or call the Ride MTA info line at 866-RIDE-MTA (743-3682).
The Hunt Valley and BWI Marshall Airport route provides daily service between Cromwell Station/Glen Burnie and Hunt Valley and Hunt Valley and BWI Airport. Contact the MTA for fares, schedules and more information.
Maryland Transit Administration
6 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Toll free 866-743-3682
Regional Transportation Agency (RTA) of Central Maryland
8510 Corridor Road, Suite 110
Savage, MD 20763
RTA provides fixed-route bus service in Anne Arundel County, Howard County, Northern Prince George’s County and Laurel as well as to BWI Marshall Airport, selected MARC stations and industrial parks along the U.S. 1 corridor in Howard County. Most routes operate Monday through Saturday, and selected routes offer Sunday services. Additional late evening service is available on weekdays, and specialized services are available to senior citizens and people with disabilities. Service is also available between Columbia and BWI Airport seven days per week.
Central Maryland Regional Transit (CMRT)
312 Marshall Ave., Suite 100
Laurel, MD 20707
The CMRT’s Travel Training program helps people with disabilities and older adults live more independent lives by increasing their access to public transit. The agency’s Mobility Management efforts also increase economic opportunities for low-income and disadvantaged people through access to transportation. Call or visit the website for more information. For questions about trip planning, schedules, fares and bus or train accessibility, call the Transportation Resource Information Point at 877-331-8747 or visit www.mdtrip.org.
Annapolis Transit (AT)
308 Chinquapin Round Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
The Annapolis Transit service area covers about 23 square miles and includes Annapolis and surrounding Anne Arundel County areas of Edgewater and Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold. ADA Paratransit Services also are available. For bus routes, fares and schedules, visit the website. To learn about transportation options such as rideshare, public transit and Park & Ride locations, go to www.artma.org.
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
600 Fifth St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
The Metro bus system offers peak-hour service from Crofton to New Carrollton and other service from the BWI Airport/BWI Business Park light rail station to the Greenbelt Metrorail station. Call the general information line or visit the website for information about maps, fares and schedules.
MTA Commuter Bus Service
The MTA offers commuter bus service in Anne Arundel County with express routes linking Washington, D.C., and Annapolis and Baltimore. Visit the website or call 866-743-3682 for maps, schedules fares and more information.
Annapolis Greyhound Station
Harry S. Truman Park & Ride
275 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 800-231-2222
Greyhound provides intercity bus service from Annapolis to Washington, D.C. The Annapolis address is a Greyhound bus stop only. Call for hours of operation, fares and schedules or visit the website.
Anne Arundel County Rideshare
Office of Planning and Zoning - Transportation Division
2664 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
Ridesharing and public transit can significantly reduce traffic congestion, and Anne Arundel County’s rideshare coordinator can help match commuters and work out transportation alternatives.
Howard Commuter Solutions
Office of Transportation
3430 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
This service provides free car and van pool matching services to individuals traveling within Howard County or to Washington, D.C., Baltimore and surrounding areas, as well as other transit options for commuters.
Young Transportation Services
For schedules, fares
This company provides bus service connecting Annapolis to the New Carrollton Metro/MARC station via the Route 50 Corridor. See the website schedule for times and pickup points. Charters also are available.
Dillon’s Bus Service
7479 New Ridge Road
Hanover, MD 21076
Toll free 800-827-3490
As a contractor with MTA, Dillon’s provides daily scheduled service from Annapolis to business and government employment centers in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. Call or visit the website for more information about maps, fares, schedules and more.
Driving and Commuting
Anne Arundel and Howard counties are traversed by two interstate highways and several U.S. highways and state routes.
Interstate 97 is Anne Arundel’s major road artery that runs north to Baltimore and northwest to Columbia in Howard County. Interstate 695, commonly known as the Baltimore-Washington Beltway (Route 295), lies in the northern part of the county. Other major roads include Interstate 895, Maryland State Highway 100 and Interstate 195, which serves Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. U.S. Highway 50/301 (Interstate 595) provides an east-west roadway leading to Washington, D.C., to the west. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge connects Anne Arundel County to the eastern shore of Queen Anne’s County.
Interstate 70 is a major roadway across the northern part of Howard County, leading to Baltimore. Interstate 95 travels generally north-south, skirting the eastern edge of the county, also leading to Baltimore to the northeast and south to Washington.
The Maryland Transit Administration offers commuter bus service in Anne Arundel County with express routes linking Washington, D.C., and Annapolis and Baltimore at www.mta.maryland.gov/commuter-bus. The Maryland Department of Transportation offers a link for “Commuters” that provides a wealth of choices for public transit, light rail, Park & Ride, MTA Transit Maps and MTA visitor information at www.mdot.maryland.gov. The website also provides live traffic cameras and MD511 — Know Before You Go — for updated commuter information.
Howard Commuter Solutions provides free car and van pool matching service and other commuter options to individuals traveling within Howard County or to Washington, D.C., Baltimore and surrounding areas. Call 410-313-3130 for information, or visit www.commuterconnections.org/commuting-resources/rideshare-programs.
Maryland Department of Transportation
Motor Vehicle Administration
6601 Ritchie Highway NE
Glen Burnie, MD 21062
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration (DMV) issues driver’s licenses, identification cards, vehicle registration and other driving-related services. Visit www.mdot.maryland.gov and click on “Motor Vehicle” under “MDOT Business Units” for general information, requirements and DMV office locations.
As a new resident you must register your vehicle and obtain a new driver’s license within 60 days of moving to Maryland. If you delay beyond 60 days, you will not be eligible for a tax credit for any titling tax paid in another state, and you may be subject to a citation for an out-of-state registration.
Some states grant an extension of the driver’s license validity period to active-duty military personnel and their dependents when they are stationed outside their home licensing state, but in general new Maryland residents who want to drive must apply for a driver’s license once residency is established.
Maryland prohibits use of cellphones while driving without a hands-free device. State law prohibits a driver under 18 from using any cellphone. The maximum fine is $83 for the first offense, $140 for a second, and $160 for a third. Maryland has banned texting while driving.
Information and forms needed to register your vehicle as well as insurance requirements are available at www.mva.maryland.gov/vehicles.