Arnold Elevated to MDOT MTA Administrator

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has elevated Holly Arnold to Administrator of the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA), following five months of service as acting agency leader.

Arnold is overseeing the 13th largest transit system in America, with an annual operating budget of $900 million and a six-year capital budget of more than $3 billion. She also leads construction of the Purple Line, a 16-mile light rail project and the largest transit public-private partnership (P3) in the nation.

Arnold served previously as Deputy Administrator/Chief Planning, Programming, and Engineering Officer for MDOT MTA. Among her agency accomplishments: leading the development of the Central Maryland Regional Transit Plan; successfully applying for more than $80 million in federal grants; spearheading the asset management program; and overseeing the creation of Transit Oriented Development guidelines and station area concepts.

“For the past 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,” Transportation Secretary Greg Slater said. “Her strong skills are the perfect complement for her position as Administrator.”

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