MARTA Board Approves Greenwood as Authority’s General Manager and CEO

MARTA General Manager and CEO Collie Greenwood speaks to reporters during a December event to unveil the first of its new railcars for its network. (The Center Square / Todd DeFeo)

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Board of Directors has voted to approve the contract of Collie Greenwood as the Authority’s general manager and chief executive officer.

Greenwood’s employment agreement is retroactive to January 2023 and extends to January 2027.

“I’d like to thank the Board for its support and for allowing me the opportunity to lead MARTA,” said Greenwood. “Since I stepped into this position, I’ve focused on improving service, delivering a better customer experience, and expanding our system to meet the needs of more customers. As we continue this challenging yet critically important work, it’s truly an honor to lead MARTA into an exciting new era.”

Greenwood served as interim GM/CEO since January 2022 and under his leadership MARTA has remained fiscally sound, with a balanced budget for the twelfth straight year, no fare increase, and two triple A bond ratings. He has advanced the capital program with a groundbreaking on the region’s first bus rapid transit line and recently oversaw the ratification of an historic labor agreement that includes a 16 percent raise, parental leave, and attendance and longevity bonuses.

“Collie brings with him decades of transit experience, from the front lines as a bus operator to guiding MARTA out of the pandemic,” said MARTA Board Chair Thomas Worthy. “We’re proud to have him lead MARTA as we embark on the most ambitious expansion and modernization program in our history. Collie brings extensive knowledge and passion for transit to this position, and I look forward to continuing our work together.”

Greenwood joined MARTA in July 2019 as Chief of Bus Operations and Urban Planning and was named Deputy General Manager of Operations in 2021. Prior to joining MARTA, Greenwood rose through the ranks over 30 years from operating buses to serving as Chief Service Officer with the Toronto Transit Commission, the third largest transit system in North America. 

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