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The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority's (MARTA) board last week extended General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Parker's contract through June 2026.
Parker took the post in March 2018 with a contract set to expire in 2023.
Under Parker’s leadership, MARTA balanced its budget for a ninth consecutive year, and has been able to provide essential transit service during the pandemic without layoffs or fare hikes, board officials said in a press release. Parker also has worked with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 732 to negotiate a new contract that includes raises for rail operators, they said.
In addition, Parker was at the helm during the NFL's Super Bowl LIII held in Atlanta, when MARTA successfully transported a half-million football fans during the event. His leadership also was instrumental in the extension of the 1 cent sales tax through 2057 in Atlanta, and Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton counties, board officials said.