Atlanta Transportation Director Jeffrey Parker Dies | health and fitness
ATLANTA (AP) — Jeffrey Parker, who ran the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority during a period of expansion and then during the pandemic when public transit ridership plummeted, has died, the agency announced.
An agency spokeswoman, Stephany Fisher, said Parker killed himself when he was struck by a train at East Lake Station in DeKalb County around 10:30 p.m. Friday.
“He was an outstanding leader and steward of MARTA whose death leaves us all heartbroken,” MARTA Chair Rita Scott said in a statement released on the agency’s website. “We are devastated by this loss as we valued Jeff’s leadership and looked forward to him realizing the vision for the Transit foundation he laid.”
Others expressed their condolences, including Gov. Brian Kemp, who tweeted that Parker has “an incredible mind for transportation and logistics and a heart for people.”
Parker was a nationally recognized transportation leader. On its website, MARTA said Parker has more than 35 years of experience in the transportation industry. During his career, he served as a commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Transportation and held senior positions during his 20-year tenure with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.