The MTA Ride, Respect and Relax program is designed to reach out to the next generation of young student leaders to help them to see the positive impact they can have not only in their own communities, but on the country as a whole. The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) wants students to share a positive message in their schools, among their peers, with their families, and in our greater communities about the importance of being civil on public transit! The campaign features an MTA Partnership Pledge that gives common rules for riding public transit, along with some guidance for overall appropriate behavior.
The MTA Ride, Respect and Relax program also provides each student an exciting opportunity to partner with private companies that are not traditional partners of public transit.. And in exchange for partnering with the MTA, students are offered a discount card that can be used by sponsoring local businesses. Although the card holds no monetary value, it symbolizes to businesses that these young people have pledged to partner with our agency to improve their behavior. Businesses in return have pledge to offer discounts on purchases that the student may make in their stores.
To date, 2,000 students have made the pledge. Our efforts encourages teens to make a pledge to refrain from disorderly conduct on public transit. The Ride, Respect and Relax Campaign has evolved into a positive outreach effort which has improved the dialogue between the MTA and our young patrons.
For more information on about the Ride, Respect and Relax Program, logo onto www.mtamaryland.com.