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Maryland Department of Transportation Earns Reputation as Award-Winning Agency

MDOT Business Units Have Won 90 Awards

August 2, 2016

HANOVER, MD – Since January 2015, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has gained local and national recognition for delivering outstanding initiatives while serving Maryland’s travelers every day.   Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn said MDOT has received 90 awards in the last 18 months, showcasing state’s commitment to safety, sustainability, infrastructure, customer service and economic prosperity.  Secretary Rahn credits MDOT’s success to its 10,064 dedicated employees who are committed to delivering the department’s mission of safely connecting our customers to life’s opportunities. 
 
“The MDOT team is one of the best groups of professionals I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with,” said Secretary Rahn, who has leads a department-wide, customer-driven program.  “They work hard each and every day to provide Maryland’s travelers exceptional quality products and service throughout the state.” 
 
MDOT is comprised of five business units and one Authority:  the Secretary's Office, State Highway Administration, Maryland Transit Administration, Motor Vehicle Administration, Maryland Port Administration, Maryland Aviation Administration and the Maryland Transportation Authority.  This unique approach provides the state’s leadership with the ability to develop a coordinated and balanced approach to transportation.  MDOT’s mission is to be a customer-driven leader that delivers safe, sustainable, intelligent, and exceptional transportation solutions in order to connect our customers to life’s opportunities.
 
Awards and recognitions over the past 18 months include:
 
SHA 2016
• American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO):
o SHA Office of Policy and Research, “Sweet Sixteen” Award: Sustainable Landscaping Practice for Enhancing Vegetation Establishment. 
o District 3 – America’s Transportation Awards, MD 210 from MD 373 to Farmington Road – Safety and Resurfacing.
 
SHA 2015
• AASHTO:
o TransComm Excel Award for Campaigns with Consultant, recognizing SHA Office of Customer Relations and Information’s OC Walk Smart! Campaign.
o American Business Award Gold for Best Twitter Feed.
o American Business Award Bronze for OC Walk Smart!
o American Business Award Silver for Public Service Communications Campaign of the Year for Food Drive Partnership.
o President’s Team Award in Safety for the OC Walk Smart! Campaign, SHA Office of Customer Relations and Information and District 1.
o TransComm Founder’s Award: SHA Office of Customer Relations and Information’s Valerie Burnette Edgar for leadership and decades of service to the committee.
o America’s Transportation Award Honorable Mention, I-70 over Conococheague Creek Project.
o Office of Policy and Research: High Value Research “Sweet Sixteen”: Effective Implementation of Ground Penetrating Radar. 
• Maryland Asphalt Association:
o Primary Resurfacing Award: SHA District 7, for MD 27 – MD 482 to Albert Rill Road.
o Primary Resurfacing Award: for MD 194 – Keysville Bruceville Road to Crouse Mill Road.
o Secondary Resurfacing Award, MD 17 – US 40 to Meeting House Road.
• Maryland Chapter of the American Concrete Institute:
o Excellence in Concrete Award: SHA District 6, for the I-68 Truck Climbing Lane in Friendsville, MD.
o Excellence in Concrete Award: SHA District 4, Rehabilitation Project, first place, Project Engineer Reza Hatami, for Rehab of Bridge No. 0314700 on MD 129.
• Maryland Asphalt Association (MAA):
o MAA Paving Awards, I-795 – Owings Mills Blvd to 2000’ N. of Franklin Boulevard, Interstate Resurfacing, Project Engineer Matt Saunders, Contractor P. Flanigan & Sons, Inc.
o MAA Paving Awards, OL I-695 – Stevenson Road to Greenspring Avenue, Interstate Resurfacing, Project Engineer Matt Saunders, Contractor P. Flanigan & Sons, Inc.
o MAA Paving Awards, I-695 Beltway replacement I-895 to I-95, Interstate Resurfacing, Project Engineer Ashwin Patel, Contractor Gray & Son Inc.
 
MTA 2016
• June: American Public Transportation Association (APTA):
o Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards, Safety GOLD AWARD, Railroad Worker Protection Program.
o Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards, Security GOLD AWARD, Operation ZEUS (Zone Enforced Unified Sweeps).
o Light Rail Safety GOLD AWARD, Roadway Worker Protection (RWP) Training.
• May: APTA:
o Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards, Safety GOLD AWARD, New Bus Operator Candidate Training Program.
o Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards, Security GOLD AWARD, Use of Technology enhancing efforts to Reduce Part I Crime.
o Customer Service Challenge Award, Bernie Williams, Bus Operator, First Place in tests of customer service skills in real-life scenarios.
o Safety GOLD AWARD, Bus Operator Program.
• May: State Employees Risk Management Administration (SERMA):
o Unsung Hero Award, Elmer Coppage, Bus Training, Reliable Training Staff Member who puts Safety First, implemented New Bus Operator Candidate Training Program.
o Best Practice Award, MTA Safety Survey.
o Health and Safety Working Group Award of Excellence, New Bus Operator Candidate Training Program.
o ALL-STAR SERMA AWARDS, Unsung Hero.
 
MTA 2015
• December: Transportation Diversity Council (TDC) Award, Bernadette Bridges, OSQARM Exceptional Service to the Transportation Industry.
• June: American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards, Safety GOLD AWARD, Safety Rules Compliance Program.
• May: State Employees Risk Management Administration (SERMA):
o Health and Safety Working Group Award of Excellence, Safety Rules Compliance Program Full Implementation.
o Health and Safety Working Group Award of Excellence, Owner Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP) generated identifiable cost savings in insurance premiums and medical costs for the agency.
o Linda Brooks Memorial Award: Lifetime Achievement, Consistently demonstrating outstanding performance and commitment to risk management and occupational safety within Maryland state government.
o Unsung Hero Award, Reliable and dependable service to Light Rail catenary system with consistent safety commitment.
o Health and Safety Working Group Award of Excellence, Metro Maintenance Safety Record.
• April: Chesapeake Regional Safety Council, Program Support Award: For MTA’s support of programming efforts to prevent accidental injury or death.
 
MVA 2016
• June: American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) Board of Directors:
o Customer Convenience Award for “Traffic Citation Payment Kiosk”.
o Excellence in Government Partnership Award for “Online Agent/Dealer Program”.
o Fraud Prevention and Detection Award, Motor Vehicle Individual, for “Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration Maryland MVA Agent William F. Banahan”.
o Innovative Use of Technology Award, for “The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration Self-Service Kiosks for the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program”.
 
MVA 2015
• October: Division of Rehabilitative Services, Employer Leadership Award.
• July: Donate Life Most Innovative Outreach Award.
• AAMVA PACE Awards: ENDUI App and Click It or Ticket rollover video.
MPA 2016
• Best first quarter ever for general cargo at the MPA Terminals.
• MPA wins awards for its in-house ads, Carnival press event, and social media in national communications and marketing competition.
 
MPA 2015
• Royal Caribbean customer service award to the Port of Baltimore.
• Seven straight years of receiving an ‘Excellent’ Coast Guard security rating.
• Top auto port by Automotive Supply Chain magazine.
• Most containers handled in one month – August.
• Most general cargo tons handled in a fiscal year – FY2015.
• Poplar Island wins sustainable engineering award from American Society of Civil Engineers – October.
• Port ranks as most efficient container port in U.S.
• Port handles most cars among all U.S. ports for fifth straight year.
• Port handles most containers in a calendar year.
 
MAA 2016
• June: Government Security News:
o Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards: Best Integrated Security Programs.
o Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards: Most Notable Security Program, Project, Upgrade.
• June: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Henry O External Award, Paul Shank, Chief Engineer, MAA.
• May: The Arc of Baltimore Special Appreciation Award, in recognition of the support for the Wings for Autism program.
• May: Board of Education for Anne Arundel County Certificate of Recognition, for support of Toys for Tots program that provided school supplies to local elementary schools.
• March: Obrycki’s, third-place award for 10 Best Readers’ Choice, Best Airport Sitdown Dining.
• March: Silver Diner, 10th-place award for 10 Best Readers’ Choice, Best Airport Bar/Restaurant Atmosphere.
• Maryland Quality Initiative (MdQI) Award of Excellence. BWI Terminal E-F/Air Traffic Control Tower Planning Study.
• MdQI Award of Excellence. MAA Modal Award, Under $5 million. Temporary International Inbound Baggage Handling Facility.
• MdQI Award of Excellence. MAA Modal Award, Over $5 million. BWI Runway 15R-33L RSA, Pavement Rehabilitation, and Standards Compliance.
 
MAA 2015
• September: AASHTO President’s Transportation Award for Aviation, Paul Shank, Chief Engineer, MAA.
• July: Government Security News. Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards. Most Notable Airport Security Program.
• MdQI Award of Excellence. MAA Modal Award, Under $5 million. BWI Comprehensive Paving Improvements.
• MdQI Award of Excellence. MAA Modal Award, Over $5 million. BWI 15L-33R and Adjacent Runway Safety Area Compliance.
 
MDTA 2016
• June: Annual Maryland Inspector’s Competition – Top 5 finish, Motor Carrier Inspector James Fischer.
• May: All State Truck Driver School Recognition Award, MDTA Police Cpl. Lee Kellam Jr. and Sr. Off. Christopher Wilson.
• May: Harford County DUI Enforcement Award, MDTA Police Off. George Grossnickle.
• April: Transportation Security Administration’s Partnership Award, MDTA Police Lt. Victoria Davis.
• April: Bel Air Moose Lodge Valor Award, MDTA Police Off. George Grossnickle.
• April: 100 Club of Anne Arundel County’s Al Brandt Unsung Hero Award nominee, MDTA Police Cpl. Richard Lechner.
• April: Knights of Columbus Mason-Dixon Council #10100’s Officer of the Year, MDTA Police Off. George Grossnickle.
• March: Baltimore County Fire Department’s Departmental Unit Citation – for double-fatal boat crash under the Key Bridge, MDTA Police Sgt. Brandon Brookshire, Cpl. Tyler Massey, Cpl. David Ramnath.
• March: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Advance Law Enforcement Re-Accreditation, Award of Excellence and Meritorious Award, MDTA Police.
• March: American Council of Engineering Companies Maryland Chapter’s Grand Award, for the Bay Bridge Main Cable Dehumidification Project, Office of Engineering and Construction.
• January: National Asphalt Pavement Association’s Quality in Construction for Excellence in Asphalt Pavement Award, for the I-95 Express Toll Lanes/MD 43 Interchange project, Office of Engineering and Construction.
 
MDTA 2015
• September: Maryland Traffic Safety Specialist Program Awards, MDTA Police.
• September: American Institute of Architects, Maryland Chapter’s Honor Award (Commercial Architecture category), Maryland House and Chesapeake House travel plazas.
• September: Washington D.C., Maryland and Delaware Service Station and Automotive Repair Association’s Customer Service Contest, Best Convenience Store and Best of Brand, Sunoco Gas Station at the Maryland House Travel Plaza.
• August: Government Finance Officers Association’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, for the FY 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), Office of Finance.
• August: Brick Industry Association’s “Best in Class” Brick in Architecture Award, Maryland House Travel Plaza.
• April: MDOT Environmental Excellence Award, for the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Stormwater Retrofits Project, Office of Engineering and Construction.
• February: MdQI Award of Excellence, Maryland Transportation Modal Award Over $5 Million, for the Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge (I-95) Preservation Project, Office of Engineering and Construction.
• February: MdQI Award of Excellence, MdQI Partnering Gold Award, Office of Engineering and Construction.
• February: U.S. Green Building Council Maryland Chapter Wintergreen Awards for Excellence, for the Maryland and Chesapeake House travel plazas, Office of Engineering and Construction.
• Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association’s Black History Hero, Civil Rights and Fair Practices Director, Meshelle Howard.
 
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