The following press release hit the street late yesterday afternoon:

Councilwoman Mercer Rigby Recognizes Free Bus Pass Pilot Program for Summer School Students

Ellicott City, MD (August 29, 2019) – Tomorrow, Howard County Councilwoman Christiana Mercer Rigby will join the Howard County Office of Transportation and the Howard County Public School System in recognizing a pilot program that offered summer school students free bus passes to ride RTA buses in Howard County.

This goal of this program was to expand ridership among summer school students at Howard County Public Schools. An initial training took place which showed students how to utilize the transit system before passes were distributed to interested summer school participants. During the remainder of classes, students were able to use these free bus passes to ride public transit to-and-from school and throughout the County.

“This pilot program is an incredible example of collaboration between our Office of Transportation and the Howard County Public School System,” said Mercer Rigby. “Expanding transit access to our students should be a countywide priority, and this pilot program has demonstrated that importance to summer school students.”


During this pilot program, 100 summer school students utilized free bus passes to travel on RTA routes. This pilot program presents a unique opportunity to convey the importance of public transit options, which are usually more cost-effective and environmentally friendly than vehicular travel.

WHAT: Recognition of Student Free Bus Pass Pilot Program

WHEN: Friday, August 30th at 9:00 AM

WHERE: Atholton High School Media Center, 6520 Freetown Rd, Columbia, MD


  • Christiana Mercer Rigby, Howard County Council Chair
  • Dr. Michael Martirano, Superintendent of Howard County Public School System
  • Angela Cabellon, Howard County Chief Innovation Officer
  • Bruce Gartner, Howard County Office of Transportation Administrator
  • Dan Rosewag, HCPSS Administrator for Innovative Programs


Article Update: I just found out that Howard County Executive Calvin Ball will also be attending this event this morning.

This is an excellent program that I hope will be expanded beyond the limits of the pilot program in the future.

Scott E

Here are photos from the event today: