More MARTA started out as a vehicle to bring more transit to the City of Atlanta.
Now it’s turned in to a cry for More MARTA in metro Atlanta.
Although the More MARTA $11.5 billion project list was tied to voters in the City of Atlanta passing an additional half-penny MARTA sales tax to be invested within the city, the last two MARTA board meetings were filled with people who wanted “More MARTA” in their jurisdictions.
By Maggie Lee MARTA is going to do without a chief operating officer and a chief marking and communications officer, as the new boss reorganizes the transit agency and eliminates the two positions. The incumbents, Rich Krisak and Goldie Taylor have been let go, said MARTA communications head Stephany Fisher. “It was 100 percent related […]
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 23, 2018
When he was only 18 years old while at Northeastern University, Jeffrey A. Parker picked the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority for his internship so he could get a free transit pass. That launched Parker’s public transit career and led to him becoming MARTA’s new CEO and general manager. The MARTA board is scheduled to vote on Parker, the sole finalist, at a March 23 board meeting.
We told you so. Or at least we tried.
Remember when MARTA was mostly treated as a punchline and a punching bag for anti-transit haters? I sure do.
About eight years ago, my former MARTA colleagues and I brainstormed a public awareness campaign to counter the trash-talking naysayers by extolling the untold virtues of the buses, trains and dedicated MARTA employees who help to keep the Atlanta region moving forward.
MARTA’s Board of Directors Thursday selected Jeffrey A. Parker as its choice to be the agency’s next general manager and CEO.
Parker, who worked at MARTA as senior director of transportation operations from 2005 to 2008, currently is vice president of HNTB Corp., an infrastructure solutions firm that has worked closely with MARTA over the years.