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Old 09-05-2017, 08:57 AM
 
Location: NW Atlanta
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Figured this merited its own thread (credit to cqholt for breaking it the MARTA EIS thread).

https://twitter.com/BelcherWSB/statu...42358600904704

Also from the AJC:

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MARTA CEO Keith Parker, who helped revived an agency on the brink of insolvency as well as the fortunes of mass transit in metro Atlanta, will step down from his post.

Channel 2 Action News’ Richard Belcher reports Parker will take a job at Goodwill Industries.

Parker served nearly five years as MARTA’s chief executive and is widely credited with turning around a troubled agency. When he arrived in in December 2012, it was hemorrhaging millions in red ink a year and was held in such low regard by state lawmakers and others that the prospect of expanding it seemed laughable.

Five years later, MARTA has more than $250 million in reserves. It’s already expanded into Clayton County and is preparing an Atlanta expansion after voters approved a $2.5 billion sales tax measure last November. What’s more, the General Assembly is discussing state funding of mass transit – a prospect that also seemed unlikely just a few years ago.
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Old 09-05-2017, 09:09 AM
 
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Hope they give him a reallllly nice fruit basket on his last day. He certainly earned it.
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Old 09-05-2017, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Talk about accomplished! I hate to see him leaving, especially in regards to the goodwill he seemed to generate in the state legislature. Very interested to see who comes next.

YA DID GOOD KP!
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Old 09-05-2017, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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If nothing else, he's leaving the agency in a positive light, a strong financial situation, and with momentum. Hopefully we can maintain that into and through the next GM.

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Old 09-05-2017, 09:39 AM
 
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Damn. Looks like MARTA is going to turn back to shyt soon
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Old 09-05-2017, 09:41 AM
 
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Oh wow. Well he certainly left MARTA in better shape than when he found out. I wish him all the best.

I hope the new CEO can continue the momentum.
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Old 09-05-2017, 09:50 AM
 
Location: NW Atlanta
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Damn. Looks like MARTA is going to turn back to shyt soon
Not necessarily.
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Old 09-05-2017, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Where do I send in my resume?
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Old 09-05-2017, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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General Manager and CEO Keith Parker announced that he will step down after nearly five years of service, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) announced today. Parker will join Goodwill of North Georgia, which provides job training, employment placement services, and other community-based programs, as president and CEO this fall.

Led by MARTA Chairman Robbie Ashe, the Board will vote to approve an interim general manager in an upcoming session and will launch a national search for a permanent chief executive.

“We are deeply grateful for his stewardship and proud of the many strides we made as an agency during his tenure, said Chairman Ashe. “As chief executive, Parker helped to usher in a new day for MARTA’s customer service, fiscal responsibility, and service expansion. He leaves MARTA stronger and healthier than ever before.”

Separately, after a rigorous nationwide search, the Authority named veteran transit executive Arthur “Rob” Troupe—a former HNTB and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) executive— deputy general manager. Starting September 18, Troupe will report to the interim general manager, both of whom will work directly with Parker throughout his remaining tenure to ensure a seamless transition.

“With three decades of progressive experience, Troupe joins an exceptional executive leadership team,” said Parker. “This is an exciting new chapter for MARTA and I am confident that he will play an important role in the agency’s future.”

Parker joined the nation’s ninth largest transit system as its General Manager and Chief Executive Officer in December 2012. With an annual budget of nearly $1 billion, MARTA provides more than 400,000 passenger trips a day through heavy rail, bus and paratransit services. Since taking the helm, Parker has worked with MARTA’s Board of Directors to balance the Authority’s budget, improve efficiencies, increase bus and rail service, and enhance the overall customer experience. Once on a path to insolvency, the Authority now boasts cash reserves topping $240 million.

Then too, MARTA remains the safest mode of transportation across the region and ranks second among multi-modal transit agencies nationally. During his tenure, Parker spearheaded the Authority’s reinvigorated focus on transit oriented developments while enhancing the ridership experience through our partnership with Soccer in the Streets, as well as launching Fresh MARTA Markets and Artbound – the transit system’s newly launched program aimed at aesthetically enhancing the rail system.

“In the wake of the I-85 bridge collapse, the MARTA family stepped up,” Parker said. “From rail operators to customer service personnel, we could not have asked for a more capable, dedicated and passionate team of professionals.”

In 2016, City of Atlanta residents overwhelmingly supported a MARTA ballot measure that will generate an estimated $2.5 billion over the next 40 years for high-capacity rail improvements, new infill rail stations, expanded bus routes and other services. In 2015,MARTA extended service into Clayton County.

“MARTA’s future is bright, its leadership is strong and the Authority is devoted to delivering best-in-class multimodal transit services that connect communities, advance equity and promote prosperity across the region,” Chairman Ashe said. “What we have been able to achieve of the last four and a half years has been a collective effort reflective of the dedication of the entire MARTA family.”
Keith Parker stepping down as MARTA CEO - The Atlanta Loop
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Old 09-05-2017, 10:59 AM
 
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Where do I send in my resume?
Why not send it to Robbie Ashe? ashe@bmelaw.com

You'd be great for the job, cq.

I'll be glad to serve as a consultant on increasing the bus fleet and and bringing in additional funding from the business community.
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