Carroll Transit System College Student Discount

CTS offers all students enrolled at Carroll Community College or McDaniel College a 50% discount on transportation to/from school on Demand Response and a 50% discount on all transportation on TrailBlazer service, regardless of destination.

How it Works:
College Student Discounts will be available starting four weeks before the beginning of the spring and fall semesters until the end of the first week of classes. All students must submit an application to the CTS office by mail, or by making an appointment to submit in person. All applications must be accompanied by a current schedule and a student ID. Applications will not be accepted outside of the five-week period and are required for both Demand Response and TrailBlazer services.

Students utilizing the TrailBlazer service will be given a pass for the semester. This pass must be shown to the driver to verify the 50% discount. Students may utilize this service to/from any destination for the duration of the semester. $1 fare will be collected every time the student boards the bus.

Demand Response:
Once a student is approved for the discount, student’s may schedule their transportation up to four weeks in advance, and only during the semester. All scheduled trips must be to or from the college they attend. The discount will be applied to each trip and fare will be collected at time of transport. Or every registered client could utilize a fare account and add money to their accounts via cash, check or credit card. This would allow students to add a sum of money to their account and spend down as they use the service (only available for Demand Response service at this time). All fares will total 50% of the regular fare. See the discounted fare breakdown below. Students who qualify for the DR discount will also receive a pass to use TrailBlazer at half fare as well. This is a great way to get around town in between classes!

  • Demand Response College Fares:
    • $2.00: 0-5 miles
    • $3.00: 5-10 miles
    • $3.50: 10-15 miles
    • $4.00: 15-20 miles
    • $4.50: 20+ miles

Passes can be purchased at the Carroll Transit System office located at 1300 Old Meadow Branch Road, Westminster, MD 21158. For questions, please call 410-386-5550 or email 

Click here to download the College Bus Pass application.