ATLANTE – MARTA CEO Jeffrey Parker died Friday night, officials said.
A spokesperson for the transportation company issued a statement on Saturday morning:
“With very heavy hearts, we share the official news of the tragic passing of Managing Director/CEO Jeffrey Parker on Friday evening January 14, 2022.
“Please keep his family in your prayers and meditations.
“In the coming days, we will be sharing more information about the transition plan, including bereavement advice for employees as we process this devastating news.
“Jeff cared deeply about MARTA and his leadership gave us a solid foundation to move forward.”
Jeffrey Parker, CEO of MARTA (Courtesy of MARTA/FOX 5 Atlanta)
The flags at MARTA headquarters were lowered to half-mast on Saturday.
There is no word on the cause of his death.
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Who was MARTA’s CEO, Jeffrey Parker?
Parker was named CEO and managing director of MARTA in March 2018, according to his biography on the transit company’s website.
Parker had a background in architecture and engineering before joining MARTA.
Parker earned a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University.
Parker’s contract as CEO and Managing Director of MARTA has been extended until June 2026.
State of MARTA in 2022 under Jeffrey Parker
Parker’s last public appearance was during a MARTA state address in early 2022.
Parker bragged about the transit company’s front-line workers, who have kept public transit running during the pandemic.
“I want to thank the thousands of MARTA employees who continue to help us through these difficult times,” Parker said.
Parker announced plans to use federal support as well as local partners and funding to improve rail and bus stations.
“We’re making more connections every year,” Parker said.
Jeffrey Parker’s Accomplishments as CEO of MARTA
Parker announced at the Jan. 12 “State of MARTA in 2022” event that the organization has had a balanced budget for 10 consecutive years.
Parker has overseen a tumultuous time during the pandemic. MARTA has implemented COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated employees. After going through staffing shortages in 2021, the organization started the new year by hiring bus operators and technicians.
Parker led MARTA when his buses and trains transported half a million football fans for Super Bowl LIII.
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