Gov. Hogan Names Holly Arnold MDOT MTA Administrator

Governor Larry Hogan has named Holly Arnold as the Administrator of the Maryland Transit Administration.  


Yesterday Governor Hogan announced that he has named Holly Arnold Administrator of the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA). Ms. Arnold has been serving as the Acting Administrator since June 7. Prior to her appointment as Acting Administrator, Administrator Arnold had served as Deputy Administrator/Chief Planning, Programming, and Engineering Officer.

According to the press release: 

“Holly has proven herself to be a champion for transportation projects that have a powerful impact on the people she serves,” Governor Hogan said. “Her experience and ability to take on the most complicated challenges and see them through successfully makes her an ideal leader for MDOT MTA.” . . .

“For the last few months and for years before that, Holly has demonstrated the power of strong leadership and a commitment to innovation that is already helping to put MDOT MTA at the forefront of transit agencies nationwide,” said Transportation Secretary Greg Slater. “Her strong skills are the perfect complement for her position as Administrator.”

During her tenure at MDOT MTA, Ms. Arnold has overseen all aspects of the agency’s $3 billion six-year capital program; led the development of the Central Maryland Regional Transit Plan; successfully applied for over $80 million in federal grants; spearheaded the agency’s asset management program; and oversaw the creation of the agency’s Transit-Oriented Development guidelines and station area concepts. As Acting Administrator she helped launch the $43 million Fast Forward initiative, a wide-ranging effort that focuses on improving transit reliability, travel times, and customer safety, with the overall goal of enhancing the complete door-to-door transit experience.

As MDOT MTA Administrator, Ms. Arnold oversees the 13th largest transit system in America, with an annual operating budget of $900 million and a 6-year capital budget of over $3 billion. She also oversees construction of the Purple Line, a new, 16-mile light rail line outside of Washington, D.C., currently the largest transit public-private partnership (P3) in the nation.