Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) confirms Collie Greenwood as General Manager and CEO. Also, Jack Dale Parliament, former D&I Railroad President and Small Railroad Committee Founder, has died. He was 66.
The MARTA Board of Directors voted Oct. 27 to confirm Collie Greenwood as the Authority’s new General Manager and CEO. Greenwood had served as Interim GM/CEO since January.
“I am honored and humbled by this opportunity,” said Greenwood. “I love transit and have known since my days of driving a bus how vital it is to people and their communities. I am eager to get to work enhancing and expanding service in the metro Atlanta region.”
Oct. 6, MARTA reported that the Board of Director’s GM/CEO Search Committee voted to advance Greenwood as the sole finalist for the permanent position. It said Georgia state law requires a 14-day waiting period before the MARTA Board can vote to confirm his selection and extend an official offer of employment.
A nationwide search, conducted by Krauthamer & Associates, identified 11 candidates with varying backgrounds in transportation and other business sectors. The GM/CEO Search Committee interviewed five candidates and concluded that Greenwood “was the best fit for MARTA,” bringing his nomination to the full board at a special called meeting on Oct. 27.
A former bus operator, Greenwood rose through the ranks for more than 30 years to serve as Chief Service Officer with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), 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, he was named Deputy General Manager of Operations where he oversaw all bus and rail operations and helped develop and deliver major capital projects.
Separately, the American Short Line and Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announced via its weekly newsletter that former D&I Railroad President Jack Dale Parliament died on Oct. 23. Parliament, who was 66, was an active member of ASLRRA and a “staunch short line advocate.”
Parliament, the Association says, was “very engaged with and supportive” of the ASLRRA team and the short line industry, serving on the Association’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and establishing the Small Railroad Committee on which he served as Chair until his retirement in 2019.
Throughout his tenure, Parliament stood up for small railroads and their employees, and his work “helped amplify and address their unique issues and concerns,” the Association said. Under his leadership, the Small Railroad Committee worked closely with ASLRRA staff to “develop essential tools and resources to help small railroads succeed in a complex, heavily regulated industry.”
Parliament was an “active driver of ASLRRA’s mission,” helping to develop important resources and tools for Association members.
Click here for Parliament’s full obituary.