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Safety and security: Our Number One responsibility at MTA.

Lots of things are important when you move millions of people around the region on a public transit system.

But nothing is more important than doing that job safely.

That is why the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration is rightly proud in winning a national award for safety and security for both its Light Rail and Metro Subway operations.

When the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) gave its 2016 Gold Awards for Heavy Rail Security and Light Rail Safety to the MTA earlier this year, it was telling the MTA that is was doing a great job on job number 1 – ensuring the safety and security of its passengers.  

MTA was the safety winner for its Light Rail Railroad Worker Protection Training Program (RWP). The MTA also won the security Gold Award for its Zone Enforced Unified Sweeps (ZEUS) program.

These awards recognize the top rail systems in North America for excellence in their safety and security programs. 

MTA Administrator and CEO Paul Comfort could scarcely contain his glee when referencing the awards recently.

“Nothing we do is more important than keeping our passengers and employees safe,” he said. “So, it’s gratifying that the MTA was recognized as a national leader in this effort. The dramatic improvements we’ve made to provide safe, efficient and reliable transit with world-class customer service are clearly delivering results.”

Aside from results, the MTA is delivering a safe transit system to its customers.