The Maryland Transportation Authority is an independent agency in nature formed and appointed by the state. The purposes served by this agency are various but an overview suggests that this agency mainly deals with the aspect of constructing, financing and maintaining and operating seven toll facilities in the state of Maryland.
The main objectives of this agency does not stop at the above mentioned seven toll facilities but extends up to certain roadways which are not among the seven toll facilities in all of Maryland.
The working of the Maryland Transportation Authority is simple to understand. It is essentially a “give and take” policy between the residents and the Maryland Transportation Authority. The toll paid by the people in order to use these facilities (roadways, bridges etc) is collected by this agency and then used to finance other development projects.
This agency plays an important role in the over all development of transportation system in the state of Maryland. Most of the new projects pertaining to the transportation system are evaluated by this agency. This evaluation consists of studying the statistics and taking in to consideration the economic feasibility, necessity of the proposed project.
Maryland Transportation Authority is one of the partners of the parent agency called Maryland Department of Transportation which oversees the working of MDTA.
The cycle of financing is pretty indigenous and efficient as the revenue collected from one project and spent on another revenue generating project. Thus, there is no hindrance in transportation development from a financial point of view.
Maryland Transportation Authority has participated in improving certain facilities related to transportation like development of terminals at the Port of Baltimore as well as certain improvements at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
The Maryland Transportation Authority also has the power to issue certain bonds which would support the development of parking facilities related to some transit oriented development projects.
The Maryland Transportation Authority essentially consists of eight members. As mentioned before these eight members are chosen individually by the Governor. These members are then re-confirmed by the state Senate. Every member can serve up to a term lasting for four years. These members can serve up to three such terms.
The member holding the post of the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation is also the chairman of the Maryland Transportation Authority. Thus, he/she is the bridge between both these agencies which makes co-ordination among them a lot easier.
Everyday operations taking place at the office of the Maryland Transportation Authority are supervised by the executive Secretary who is also the chief executive officer for the agency.
The size and power of the Maryland Transportation Authority can be gauged by the fact that it employs nearly 1,700 people. The Maryland Transportation Authority also plays a huge role in maintaining law and order in certain transportation facilities.
They employ the Maryland Transportation Authority Police which is used to provide law enforcement services at facilities like the Port of Baltimore as well as Baltimore-Washington International Airport and other similar transportation facilities. Maryland Transportation Authority however is not the sole provider of law and enforcement agencies at transportation hubs and the surrounding facilities. It shares the responsibilities with other agencies like the Maryland State Troopers for example.
Thus, through proper co-ordination and distribution of work most of the development projects are completed smoothly and successfully.
Also, as the state Senate and the Governor are responsible for picking up the members and are thus indirectly liable for the work carried out by the Maryland Transportation Authority. It is rare that the decisions taken by this Authority is not in the best interests of the people or that the project being carried out is not cost effective but on the other hand it is a waste of the finances.