History of TRIP & Membership
History of the TRIP Program
The mission of TRIP is to help people explore and use transportation alternatives to access their destinations throughout Maryland. TRIP is a resource of the Center for Mobility Equity, formerly known as Central Maryland Regional Transit (CMRT). Learn more at mobilityequity.org.
In August 2005, President George W. Bush signed into law legislation that provided funding for highway and transit programs, including Section 5316, the Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) program. In Maryland, the MTA (Maryland Transit Administration) was the designated recipient of these funds.
The MTA worked closely with the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) and the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Baltimore region, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, to come up with a comprehensive and coordinated public transit and human services transportation plan. In fiscal year 2008-2009, Center for Mobility Equity received a portion of the JARC grant funds, which were allotted to the purchase of software to begin building a database of transportation providers in the state.
Center for Mobility Equity, in conjunction with the MTA, began what is now known as TRIP. By using census data and information provided by transportation and human services providers, Center for Mobility Equity and the MTA were able to assess the transportation needs, issues and constraints of the general public, as well as those of older adults, people with disabilities, and people with lower incomes. In fiscal year 2010-2011, Center for Mobility Equity received additional funds to hire and train the personnel to move the TRIP program forward. To this day, Center for Mobility Equity continues to build the TRIP program using Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities (5310) program.
This website is composed of information that CME has collected from various service providers in Maryland, so viewers can quickly see a variety of transportation options on one easy-to-use website. The project also features the TRIP Regional Information Center: 1-877-331-TRIP (8747). Customers, human services agencies and partner organizations can dial this number for immediate information and assistance about transit services in their communities.
In 2016, the TRIP website and call center was expanded to include the transportation services available in all 23 counties of Maryland.
Become a member of our Transit Directory
When you become a member of the MDTRIP Transit Directory, you become part of one of the most comprehensive transit websites in the region. You will help provide transit options to all of Maryland, Washington, D.C., and parts of Virginia. TRIP will communicate news and announcements about your organization and you will get exposure to new customers allowing you to expand your existing customer base.
Membership also connects you to a variety of entities involved in transit, including public and private transit providers, colleges and universities, senior centers, assisted living facilities and agencies that serve people with disabilities.
If you are interested in becoming a member and having your organization's transportation services added to this website, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Center for Mobility Equity reserves the right to approve, decline, edit, modify, change, and/or delete any TRIP membership information without prior notice to this site’s users and members.
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