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For Immediate Release:

Paul Comfort Named Administrator Of The Maryland Department Of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration

April 24, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced that Paul W. Comfort, a 28-year public transit and government official, has been appointed administrator of the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA). Mr. Comfort previously served as the assistant project manager and director of operations for MV Transportation, where he was responsible for the management and day-to-day operations of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) MetroAccess Service. He also has overseen public transit operations both in the private sector and in local government as county administrator for Charles and Queen Anne’s counties.

“Paul will be a great asset to the state by ensuring we deliver an effective transit system that all Marylanders can count on,” said Governor Hogan. “I have every confidence that his 28 years of experience have made him exactly the right person for this job.”

“Paul has a proven track record in transit operations that will be essential to improving MTA’s on-time performance and delivering better customer service to all our transit riders,” said Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn.

While he currently serves as vice president of the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners, Mr. Comfort will leave this position to focus his energies full time on MTA. Mr. Comfort began his career in Queen Anne’s County, where he served as the County’s first transportation coordinator and started the County Ride public transportation system. Other private-sector transit companies he has worked for include Yellow Transportation and Laidlaw Transit Services. In these positions, he was responsible for overseeing management of Howard Transit, Howard Transit Ride, Connect-A-Ride in Laurel, numerous commuter bus routes in Maryland and Virginia, various human service transportation operations, and city and corporate shuttle services. He also has served as the president of the Transportation Association of Maryland for several terms.

Mr. Comfort received his Bachelor of Arts in history from University of Maryland Baltimore County and his Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore City. He resides in Queen Anne’s County with his wife and their six children. His first day as MTA administrator will be May 11.

Media Contacts:

Erin Montgomery
Shareese Churchill
Governor's Press Office, 410-974-2316

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