on Sunday, Keith Parker’s tenure as MARTA’s general manager and CEO ended as he started his new role as the CEO of Goodwill Industries of North Georgia. During his last week at MARTA, Atlanta hosted the annual meeting and Expo of the American Public Transportation Association.
At a going away event at MARTA headquarters on Wednesday, Parker said he was feeling “melancholy” about the move.
Ironically, when many communities seem hungrier than ever for transit, the federal prospects for funding are cloudy at best.
The administration of President Donald Trump has vowed to eliminate “new starts” for transit funding, but so far, Congress is resisting such a move, according to Dick White, APTA’s interim CEO.
“We have the opportunity to connect across all modes – pedestrians, bicycles, bus and automobiles,” said Ford, who is now CEO of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority – a multimodal agency.
“I believe mobility management is the future for our industry.
The conference provided a valuable snapshot of how the transit industry is doing and where it is headed.“Amazon is the biggest prize out there,” Parker said, adding that developers are contacting MARTA asking how they can put a deal together to land Amazon.