County transit system wins excellence award EAST COLUMBIA

December 09, 1992

The Urban Rural Transportation Alliance has received the 1992 Award of Excellence from the Transportation Association of Maryland. The alliance was honored as the outstanding para-transit system in the state.

A private, non-profit organization in Columbia, URTA provides rides for the elderly, the disabled and low-income families in Howard County.

"Statewide, URTA's operation has become a model for innovative and collaborative effort," said Paul Comfort, president the transportation association.

"URTA provides approximately 500 rides each day with outstanding improvement in on-time performance," Mr. Comfort said.

Jeffry Barnett, executive director of the 15-year-old organization said, "This award belongs to many people, beginning with our 26 professional drivers and dispatchers, and continuing through the organization to our volunteer board of directors. This recognition is not for the work of any one person in particular, but rather for the teamwork of many."

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