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BALTIMORE, MD (April 11, 2013) - MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) Executive Secretary Harold M. Bartlett has announced that he will retire effective May 1, 2013.  Mr. Bartlett served in this position on two occasions beginning in August 2010 and was responsible for the overall management of the MDTA's operations and its 1,700 employees, including the nationally accredited MDTA Police.

"When I came out of retirement to re-join the MDTA in September 2011, I had two principle objectives:  initiating the redevelopment of the Maryland House and Chesapeake House travel plazas and getting important toll citation legislation passed in the Maryland General Assembly," said Mr. Bartlett.  "We have accomplished both of these goals, and I am leaving the MDTA knowing that the agency is moving forward in a positive direction."

"Harold's years of experience and solid understanding of transportation issues facing the State made him an invaluable asset to the MDTA," said Acting Transportation Secretary and MDTA Acting Chairman Darrell B. Mobley.

"I'd like to thank Harold for his exceptional service.  He will be greatly missed."

Mr. Bartlett praised the MDTA staff and Board Members for their strong work ethic.

"The most difficult part of announcing my retirement is the fact that I will be leaving such a wonderful staff and Board.  I truly have loved working with everyone at the MDTA," Mr. Bartlett said.  "They are dedicated people, who do good things for Maryland and our customers every day.  It will be difficult to leave my friends and colleagues behind, but I know this is the right decision at the right time.  Besides, I still have some more things to cross off my bucket list!"

Prior to joining the MDTA, Mr. Bartlett served as Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation and as Deputy Executive Secretary of the MDTA.  He also served as the Secretary and Chief of Staff for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) from March 1997 to March 2006 and served 23 years in diverse executive-level management positions at WMATA.

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