MARTA Named COMTO Public Transportation Agency of the Year
Local Chapter Nominates MARTA for Work Promoting a Level Playing Field in Transportation Industry
At its annual conference in Tampa, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) named the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) the 2019 Public Transportation Agency of the Year. The Atlanta Chapter of the organization, which made the nomination, noted that MARTA, through its employees, has been at the forefront of initiatives that promote and support equity, access, and diversity in the transportation industry throughout the country.
In addition to partnering with COMTO in its signature programming, MARTA’s organizational history reflects its commitment to providing access to disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE), defined as small businesses that are at least 51 percent owned by an individual with a net worth of less than $750,000.
“MARTA is exceptionally proud to have received this award from COMTO. It speaks to our efforts and commitment to diversity and ensuring equal access throughout MARTA’s ranks and with our vendors,” says Chief Administrative Officer Luz Borrero, who was on hand to accept the award. “It’s important for us to maintain high equal opportunity standards in our recruitment, and to serve as a training ground for the large diversity of people seeking careers in transit. This is a key element of our value system.”
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at MARTA has participated in numerous programs targeting minority businesses, including DBE orientations and procurement preparation workshops; Atlanta Business League’s Super Tuesday; Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council’s Business Opportunity Exchange; and the Small Business Development Council’s Women’s Business Expo, among others. Additionally, MARTA created the Leadership Development Academy and the Professional Development Academy to support its employees’ growth and development as they advance their careers. Since the inception of the academies, more than 1,800 employees have participated.
MARTA staff has been active in the Atlanta Chapter of COMTO, one of 35 COMTO chapters nationwide, holding key leadership positions and helping to advance its mission to achieve diversity in all levels of the transportation industry.