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The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is a division of the Maryland Department of Transportation, and one of the largest multi-modal transit systems in the United States. MTA operates Local and Commuter Buses, Light Rail, Metro Subway, Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) Train Service, and a comprehensive Paratransit (Mobility) system. MTA also manages the Taxi Access system, and directs funding and statewide assistance to Locally Operated Transit Systems (LOTS) in each of Maryland’s 23 counties, Baltimore City, Annapolis and Ocean City.
Robert L. Smith was appointed Administrator and CEO of the Maryland Transit Administration by Governor Martin O’Malley on May 29, 2013. A highly regarded transit professional with more than 30 years experience in the industry in both the public and private sectors, Mr. Smith has returned to the agency he previously headed under the administration of Parris Glendening in 2004.
Mr. Smith has held the General Manager post for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Suburban services in Dallas, Texas, as well as in Jefferson County, Alabama and in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He has also served as Vice President of Bus Operations for the Chicago Transit Authority, where he oversaw operations, maintenance and engineering for the 1,900-bus fleet. His private sector experience includes various positions with Ryder/ATE, a firm that provides transit management services to public transportation agencies nationwide. Just prior to his most recent appointment to head the MTA, he served as Vice President of Operations for National Express Corporation, a full-service transportation solutions provider for school districts throughout North America.
As the 11th MTA Administrator and CEO, Mr. Smith is focused on maximizing ridership growth by enhancing intermodal connectivity, implementing the full realization of the Light Rail Purple Line between Bethesda and New Carrolton and the Light Rail Red Line through Baltimore, improving customer service and strengthening relationships with key stakeholders in the region. While safety remains his highest priority, he puts a high premium on service quality and service delivery, as well as customer and employee relations.
A native of North Carolina, Mr. Smith holds a BA Degree in Political Science from North Carolina A&T State University.
Simone C. Johnson, Chief of Staff
D'Andrea Lancelin Walker, Senior Advisor to the Administrator
Vacant, Chief Operations Officer
Simon Taylor, Chief Administrative Officer
Henry Kay, Executive Director for Transit Development and Delivery
Bernadette Bridges, Chief Safety, Quality Assurance and Risk Management Officer
Col. John Gavrilis, Chief of Police
Ron Nizer, Chief Information Officer
Paulette Austrich, Chief Public Information Officer
Paul Shepard, Deputy Chief Public Information Officer
Turhan E. Robinson, Chief Counsel
Philip Sullivan, Chief Performance Officer
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