MARTA general manager and CEO Keith Parker has been named Outstanding Public Transportation Manager of 2015 by the American Public Transportation Association.
The award recognizes his accomplishments at the transit agency since being hired in December 2012 and his two-decade-long career in the public transportation industry.
“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,” Parker said in a statement on Thursday. “I want to thank the MARTA Board of Directors, our staff and our customers for their wonderful support and guidance.”
Since Parker’s arrival, 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 and elected officials continues to improve.
Also under his tenure, Clayton County voted to join the MARTA system.
MARTA Chairman Robert L. Ashe III said in a statement that “hiring Keith Parker is one of the best decisions MARTA’s ever made.”
Parker will receive his award Oct. 6, 2015, in San Francisco at APTA’s Annual Conference.