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Office of Policy and Research (OPR)

The Office of Policy and Research (OPR) functions as a liaison on federal and State legislative issues and manages Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) research programs.
OPR's responsibilities include ensuring that provisions and requirements in the federal highways program are understood and fully utilized for Maryland's benefit, reviewing proposed State legislation, and coordinating legislative strategies.
OPR serves as the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) Coordinator for MDOT SHA. OPR drafts, analyzes, and proposes amendments to COMAR coordinating with stakeholders, subject-matter experts, and senior management on draft regulation. OPR also manages annual research work programs, coordinates participation in the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) and works closely with university partners.