After nearly five years of service, Keith Parker announced today that he will step down as General Manager and CEO of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).

Since December of 2012, Parker has managed the nation’s ninth largest transit system with the aim of increasing ridership, expanding service into neighboring counties, and enhancing the overall customer experience.

Under Parker’s leadership, the Authority has raised its cash reserves to more than $240 million.

(credit: Jean Ross/WAOK-AM)

“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,” said MARTA Chairman Robbie Ashe.

An interim general manager will be voted on by Ashe and MARTA’s Board of directors during an upcoming session and they will launch a national search for a permanent CEO.

Parker has accepted an offer as president and CEO of Goodwill of North Georgia beginning this fall.

“We are deeply grateful for his stewardship and proud of the many strides we made as an agency during his tenure,” said Ashe adding, “MARTA’s future is bright, its leadership is strong and the Authority is devoted to delivering best-in-class multi-modal transit services that connect communities, advance equity and promote prosperity across the region.”

WAOK will have the latest updates on this developing story.

  • Julien Virgin is a staff writer at CBS Radio Atlanta. 



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