Nov. 25, 2013

Contact:  Cheryl M. Sparks, 410-537-1017       





BALTIMORE, MD – The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) Board has named Bruce W. Gartner to lead the 1,700-employee agency that oversees the State’s eight toll facilities and the E-ZPass Maryland system effective Dec. 11.  Mr. Gartner has been serving a dual role since June 2013 when he was named Acting MDTA Executive Secretary while also serving as Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy and Freight for the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT).

“Bruce has a keen sense of policy development, fiscal responsibility and the legislative process at both the state and federal levels,” said MDTA Chairman and Maryland Transportation Secretary James T. Smith, Jr.  “He never hesitates to roll up his sleeves, put in the long hours and get the job done.  His extensive experience with Maryland’s transportation system will serve our citizens well as the MDTA continues significant investments to preserve and enhance our State’s tunnels, toll roads and signature bridges.”

Mr. Gartner has nearly 24 years of experience in transportation policy management.  Before being named Director of MDOT’s Office of Policy and Governmental Affairs in 2007, he served at the MDTA as its Director of Strategic Development for four years.  Mr. Gartner also served in several other roles at MDOT, including State Legislative Officer and Operating Budget Manager.  Prior to joining MDOT, he worked as the transportation budget analyst for the Maryland General Assembly. 

As MDTA Executive Secretary, Mr. Gartner manages the agency’s daily operations, including the nationally accredited MDTA Police; a $270 million annual operating budget; and $2.2 billion six-year capital program.  He also works with MDTA Board members to establish policy and direction for the agency. 

“I’m incredibly honored to have the trust of the Chairman and Board members and am excited to once again be a full-time part of the MDTA team,” said Mr. Gartner.  “We’re a public-service agency that’s 1,700 strong and doing great things for Maryland. I look forward to building on MDTA’s efforts to improve customer service, safety, efficient travel and financial stewardship.”

A resident of Annapolis, Mr. Gartner graduated from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Science in Public Policy Analysis.

 The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is an independent State agency that   finances, owns and operates the State’s eight toll facilities. The MDTA’s Board members, appointed by the Governor with consent of the State Senate, serve as the agency’s policy-setting and governing body.  Maryland’s Secretary of Transportation serves as MDTA Chairman.
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