Sun. Jan 23rd, 2022

MARTA CEO Jeffrey Parker died Friday night, according to officials.

A spokesman for the transit authority issued a statement Saturday morning:

“With very heavy hearts, we share the official news of the tragic passing of GM / CEO Jeffrey Parker on Friday night, January 14, 2022.

“Please keep His family in your prayers and meditations.

“In the coming days, we will share more information about the transition plan, including grief counseling for employees, as we address this devastating news.

“Jeff cared deeply for MARTA, and his leadership gave us a strong foundation to move on from.”

MARTA CEO Jeffrey Parker

MARTA CEO Jeffrey Parker (Courtesy of MARTA / FOX 5 Atlanta)

Flags at MARTA’s headquarters were lowered to half mast on Saturday.

There are no words on the cause of his death.

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Who was MARTA CEO Jeffrey Parker?

Parker was named CEO and General Manager of MARTA in March 2018, according to his biography on the transit authority’s website.

Parker’s background was in architecture and engineering before joining MARTA.

Parker graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University.

Parker’s contract as MARTA’s CEO and General Manager was extended until June 2026.

The state of MARTA in 2022 under Jeffrey Parker

Parker’s last public appearance was during a speech in the state of MARTA in early 2022.

Parker exclaimed the frontline staff of the transit authority, who made sure that transit continued to function during the pandemic.

“I want to acknowledge the thousands of MARTA employees who continue to carry us through these tough times,” Parker said.

Parker announced plans to use federal support and local partners and funding to improve rail and bus stations.

“We create more connections every year,” Parker said.

Jeffrey Parker’s performance as MARTA CEO

Parker announced during the “State of MARTA in 2022” event on January 12 that the organization had a balanced budget for 10 years in a row.

Parker watched a tumultuous period during the pandemic. MARTA implemented COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated employees. After dealing with staff shortages in 2021, the organization began the new year by hiring bus operators and technicians.

Parker led MARTA as its buses and trains transported half a million football fans to Super Bowl LIII.

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