Published on July 13th, 2015 |0
MARTA CEO Keith Parker to receive major transportation award
“I’m deeply humbled to be recognized by APTA’s selection committee for this honor,” Parker said in a news release. “This is a high point in my career and I’m grateful for the opportunities to serve that the public transportation industry has provided me.”
“This is a very significant award that is given only to those individuals who have excelled in leading public transportation systems,” said Michael Melaniphy, the association’s president and CEO. “I offer my congratulations to Keith.”
Melaniphy said of Parker, “His record in managing four public transit systems has demonstrated his innovative leadership that has positively transformed each of these agencies. He is truly worthy of national recognition.”
Said MARTA board chairman Robert L. Ashe III, “Hiring Keith Parker is one of the best decisions MARTA’s ever made. His optimistic leadership, fiscal discipline and relentless pursuit of excellence in matters both big and small have helped MARTA re-emerge as a transit system to be reckoned with.”
Parker is credited with launching a top-to-bottom transformation of MARTA, the nation’s ninth largest transit agency, at a time when it was still reeling from staggering budget deficits, declining ridership and a poor public image.
Since Parker’s arrival in December 2012, MARTA has stabilized its finances, increased financial reserves and improved its credit rating. Ridership is on the rise and the agency’s relationship with the business community, state and local elected officials and, most of all, its customers, continues to grow stronger.