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Maryland Department of Transportation’s MTA
Wins National APTA Gold Awards For Rail Safety and Security

July 27, 2016

BALTIMORE, MD (JULY 27, 2016) – The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) recently received the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) 2016 Gold Awards for Heavy Rail Security and Light Rail Safety. 
MTA was the safety winner for its Light Rail Railroad Worker Protection Training Program (RWP) and the security winner for its Zone Enforced Unified Sweeps (ZEUS) program at APTA’s 2016 Rail Conference in Phoenix, Ariz. These awards recognize the top rail systems in North America for excellence in their safety and security programs. 
“Nothing we do is more important than keeping our passengers and employees safe,” said MTA Administrator and CEO Paul Comfort. “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. And, our peers are recognizing it.”
The RWP ensures continuous safety for Light Rail workers by clearly and concisely explaining protection rules to MTA trackside employees and contractors while working in the track area. Since the RWP was first enacted by the MTA, there have been zero employee injuries or fatalities related to on-track safety.
The MTA is one of the safest transit systems – of the top 12 transit agencies in the country – with the lowest number of serious offenses on its system in 2015. The ZEUS program helped contribute to an 11 percent reduction in these crimes from 2014 to 2015. 
About the MTA
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is 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, Annapolis, Baltimore City and Ocean City. MDOT is a customer-driven leader that delivers safe, sustainable, intelligent, and exceptional transportation solutions in order to connect our customers to life’s opportunities. MTA’s goal is to provide safe, efficient and reliable transit across Maryland with world-class customer service. To learn more, visit  or, check us out on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @mtamaryland.
About APTA
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes transit systems; planning, design, construction and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products. More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada ride APTA member systems.

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