History

In the early and mid-‘80s, businesses throughout the Baltimore-Washington corridor had a transportation challenge: how do we get more workers to the workplace?

The Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber (BWCC) heard the pleas of the business community and created the Corridor Transportation Corporation (CTC) in May 1987 as a fledging public-private demonstration transit project.

A New Model for Public Transportation

Over the next two years, the BWCC and CTC boards of directors worked in tandem with elected officials to create the CTC model: A bus system oriented from suburb to suburb, traveling to jurisdictional boundaries.  Then Prince George’s County Councilman Frank Casula, Maryland State Senator Arthur Dorman and the Prince George’s County Executive at the time—former Governor Parris Glendening—committed funds and lent their support to apply for a grant from the Federal Transit Administration.

In May 1989, Governor William Donald Schaefer donned a driver’s cap and ceremonially inaugurated CTC—then the only transit system in the United States managed by a chamber of commerce—into service. The first year was a fast success, serving 178,000 passengers on nine buses and five routes.

A New Name to Reflect a Growing Vision

Over the next twenty-five years, CTC continued to expand regional public bus service throughout the Baltimore-Washington corridor.  Our staff of one grew into a team of 26.  Our fleet of buses increased from 4 to 70.  Annual ridership rose from 178,000 to 1.6 million.  And the service area spread from five routes in one city to 15 routes in three counties – Anne Arundel, Howard, and Prince George’s.

On January 1, 2010, CTC adopted a new name—Central Maryland Regional Transit (CMRT)—to reflect its incredible growth and continued vision for progress in the decades to come.

Changing Roles with New Vision

During the summer of 2014, the management and operations of Central Maryland's regional bus services split off from CMRT's responsibilities and were transferred to the RTA of Central Maryland. This transition out of directly providing transit services provided CMRT with new visions for service in this region and allowed the staff to focus efforts on its two grant-funded programs: TRIP Mobility Management and Travel Training.  Work is underway to expand the TRIP services statewide and to enhance Travel Training to include one-on-one training opportunities.