Collie Greenwood to be named MARTA General Manager & CEO

Written by David C. Lester, Editor-in-Chief
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Readers may recall that MARTA has been without a permanent General Manager & CEO since the untimely death of the previous CEO, Jeffrey Parker, on January 14. In the interim, Collie Greenwood has served as the interim CEO.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Board of Directors’ announced they have decided to, as they put it, “advance Collie Greenwood as the sole finalist for the permanent position.” Georgia law requires a 14-day waiting period before the MARTA Board of Directors can vote to confirm his selection and extend an official offer of employment.

Collie Greenwood

A former bus operator, Greenwood rose through the ranks over 30 years to serve as Chief Service Officer with the Toronto Transit Commission, the third largest transit system in North America. Greenwood joined MARTA in July 2019 as Chief of Bus Operations and Urban Planning. In January 2021, Greenwood was named Deputy General Manager of Operations where he oversaw all bus and rail operations and helped develop and deliver major capital projects aimed at enhancing the customer experience, including the largest in MARTA’s history, the procurement of new railcars, and the addition of electric buses to MARTA’s fleet. Greenwood was named interim GM/CEO in January.

“Since arriving at MARTA, Collie has shown a tremendous knowledge of transit and capacity for leadership and innovation, while always keeping the customer front and center,” said MARTA Board Chair Rita Scott. “His rapid promotion to second-in-command demonstrated his ability to do the job well, and his steady, skilled leadership this year has further demonstrated that he is the best person to lead us as we navigate a post-pandemic world and embark on an historic enhancement and expansion program.”

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