A Maryland transportation authority is halting the transportation of private vehicles, buses, and trains.
The Maryland Transportation Agency (MTA) said in a statement that the decision was made “to allow for a comprehensive review of our operations.”
It added that “a review of the industry and industry trends is needed.”
The MTA said that while it “supports and supports the transportation industry as a whole, there are times when certain aspects of our industry can not operate at optimal levels due to the need to meet the needs of our customers.”
The agency has been trying to shift to a more “business-as-usual” approach to its operations since 2018, when it started shutting down its fleet of private trucks, buses and trains in order to improve reliability and fuel efficiency.
The agency said in its statement that it decided to halt private trucking services in 2017 due to an increase in passenger traffic.
The agency’s decision to shut down private transportation is “a first step in a more comprehensive review,” according to the MTA.
It said it will continue to work with the industry to determine what is needed to continue the current schedule.
In the meantime, MSA officials said they will continue the use of a fleet of public buses and buses that have been certified by the Maryland Department of Transportation.
MSA spokeswoman Kelly C. Glynn said the agency has also added private vehicles to the fleet.
She said the MTA will use its fleet to “assist our local public transit agency in their needs.”
The move is “in the best interest of our employees, the public, and the region,” MSA board chairman and Transportation Secretary David B. Bailenson said in the statement.
“This is a very positive step forward for our region.”MSA spokesman Mark Ehrlich said that the MTA has been working with the private truck and bus operators to help them improve their operations and improve reliability.
The MTA will continue working with these companies to make sure that their operations are at optimum levels, he said.