Chief Executive Officer
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (the “MARTA”) is a public transit authority that provides heavy rail, streetcar, fixed route bus transit, and advance reservation paratransit services in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. Located in the largest metropolitan area in the State of Georgia, MARTA is the 8th largest transit agency in the United States, operating 48 miles of heavy rail track with 38 stations and over 110 fixed bus routes.
MARTA was originally proposed as a 5-county system consisting of DeKalb, Fulton, Clayton, Gwinnett and Cobb counties through an act of the Georgia General Assembly in 1965. In 1971, voters in Fulton and DeKalb counties passed a 1% sales tax increase to pay for MARTA operations. Construction of MARTA’s rail system began in 1975, with rail service commencing in 1979. In June 2014, Clayton County voters passed a 1% sales tax to join MARTA. In 2017, the City of Atlanta raised its sales tax for MARTA to 1.5% to improve and expand MARTA.
In addition to providing service to Fulton, Clayton, and DeKalb counties, MARTA operates rail service to and from the Atlanta airport. MARTA has over 4,700 employees that provide almost 450,000 rides per day to customers. In addition, MARTA has its own police force with nearly 300 sworn officers.
MARTA is a multi-county Authority that is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 15 members, 3 from the City of Atlanta, 3 from Fulton County, 2 from Clayton County, 4 from DeKalb County, and one appointee by the Governor of Georgia. In addition, there is 1 non-voting member from the Georgia DOT and 1 non-voting member from the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority.
MARTA plays a significant role in the economic development of the greater Atlanta region and is viewed as one of the greatest mobility assets the region has to offer. Community leaders from the business community, government, non-profit, and academic communities desire for MARTA to have a greater impact on the region’s mobility and economic growth. MARTA is currently undertaking several studies for service expansion that may include new heavy rail, light rail, and BRT. These include the Atlanta BeltLine, Atlanta Streetcar, GA400 Corridor, Clifton Corridor, Clayton County expansion to name a few. More details on expansion projects can be found at http://www.itsmarta.com/current-projects.aspx.
SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of MARTA’s operations as well as any planned expansions. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of successfully managing a large, complex and diverse organization that operates to provide the highest quality of service to its customers while ensuring that the organization is planning to meet future needs of the community while not compromising the quality of service being delivered on a daily basis. Additionally, this individual will have outstanding business skills as well as strong financial management, strategic planning, public relations, community relations and governmental relations skills.
MARTA’s CEO will be integral to the future success of the Authority as it strives to provide the highest quality of service possible to its customers and stakeholders and to find innovative transportation solutions to improve mobility and provide greater access to the region which will in turn lead to smart growth and increased business opportunities, jobs and economic development. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated a background and ability as grouped in the following areas:
GENERAL TRANSIT MANAGEMENT
The candidate should possess the following attributes:
For additional information or to submit a resume, please contact Gregg A. Moser at email@example.com.
The successful candidate will have a minimum of 10 years’ executive management experience with a large complex operating organization, transit agency or another public or private entity of comparable nature, complexity and size to MARTA. While transit experience is preferred, candidates with experience from other industries will be considered. A Bachelor’s degree in transportation, transportation management, engineering, business management or equivalent is required. An equivalent combination of education and experience consistent with the required qualifications will also be considered.