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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.
To provide safe, efficient and reliable transit across Maryland with world-class customer service.
Mr. Paul Comfort, Esq. has a broad background in public transit and government, serving in key capacities in both the public and private sector. Mr. Comfort has served for the past five years as the Director of Operations/Assistant Project Manager at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) MetroAccess Service for MV Transportation. Prior to this he served as the County Administrator for two suburban Maryland Counties, Charles and Queen Anne’s, overseeing all operations for these local governments.
As County Administrator for the Charles County Government, Mr. Comfort developed new accountability measures for local government that improved results for key performance indicators of county departments by upwards of 25%. He also oversaw construction of numerous capital projects on time and under budget, including a minor league baseball stadium, and county roads and buildings. In the same role for Queen Anne’s County Government, he implemented strong new worker’s compensation procedures that saved the county government millions of dollars. He also developed a county government television station and initiated a sister city relationship with Suzhou, China. During this time he also served as President of the Maryland County Administrators Association.
Prior to these positions, Mr. Comfort served in numerous executive and management positions in public transit operations and business development for local governments and the private sector. In these roles he oversaw management of numerous transit services including Howard Transit, Howard Transit Ride, Connect-A-Ride in Laurel, MD, MTA Commuter Bus routes in Maryland, Loudoun County Commuter Bus Service in Virginia, among several other human service and public transportation operations. During this time he also served as President of the Transportation Association of Maryland.
Mr. Comfort has also served on the Governor’s Commission on the Structure & Efficiency of State Government, and on the Board of the Maryland Environmental Service. In addition, he has served on numerous Transportation Study groups in Maryland and has been the recipient of many transit and government related awards.
Mr. Comfort received his B.A. from University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore City.
James L. Knighton, Chief of Staff
Bernadette Bridges, Chief Safety Officer
Col. John Gavrilis, Chief of Police
T. Byron Smith, Principal Counsel
Channel Sumpter, Director of Internal Audits
Chuck Brown, Senior Director of Communications and Marketing
D'Andrea Lancelin Walker, Deputy Administrator and Chief Administrative Officer
Vacant, Senior Deputy Adminstrator and Chief Operations Officer
Suhair Al Khatib, Deputy Administrator & Chief Planning, Program and Engineering Officer
Vacant, Executive Director for Transit Development and Delivery
Doug Deleaver, Director of Farebox Recovery