By Maria Saporta
MARTA’s board of directors held an emergency meeting Saturday afternoon following the death Friday night of Jeffrey Parker, the transit agency’s chief executive and CEO.
After 45 minutes in executive session, the board voted unanimously that Collie Greenwood, the deputy managing director of operations and planning, would serve as the interim managing director of MARTA.
Greenwood, 56, is a 33-year-old transit executive, who has had operational and administrative experience ranging from frontline operations to executive leadership, according to the MARTA website.
Prior to joining MARTA, Greenwood served as director of services for the Toronto Transit Commission, where he led a team of 9,500 men and women working for the transit agency overseeing subway, streetcar, accessible public transport and train station, security and maintenance for all modes of transport. transport. Toronto’s public transit system is the third largest in North America.
MARTA released a statement after the board meeting regarding Greenwood’s appointment as interim CEO.
“Jeff Parker has built an incredible team of professionals to lead MARTA through its expansion phase with a renewed commitment to improving the customer experience,” the statement read. “As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Greenwood has been central to this work and his appointment ensures the continuity of our shared vision.”
Greenwood joined MARTA as Head of Bus Operations and Urban Planning in July 2019. Exactly one year ago, Greenwood was appointed Deputy General Manager overseeing all transit operations and urban planning. He is the only deputy general manager currently at MARTA.
In his role at MARTA, Greenwood is responsible for all facets of buses, railroads, facilities and transit infrastructure for the City of Atlanta, Fulton County, DeKalb County and the County of Clayton. His responsibilities include the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the MARTA bus network, mobility service, rail system and Atlanta streetcar while ensuring that stations, facilities, vehicles, systems and the right-of-way remain in good condition.
In this new role, Greenwood was tasked with developing and delivering major capital projects aimed at improving the customer experience, including the largest in MARTA’s history, the purchase of new railcars and the addition of electric buses to the MARTA fleet. Greenwood has also worked closely with the leadership team to ensure that operational departments have the resources they need, and provide management and focus to further develop a customer-centric performance management culture and safety oriented.
Greenwood holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Parker, 55, killed himself Friday night at the East Lake MARTA station.
Before entering executive session, board members expressed their condolences and shared how much they mourned Parker’s death.