As a recognized national leader in transportation and transit, Jeffrey A. Parker has more than 35 years of experience in both the private and public sectors of the transportation industry, heading operations and expansion programs for several multimodal agencies.
Parker was named General Manager/CEO of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) in March 2018. Under his leadership, MARTA is undertaking its most ambitious transit expansion and modernization program since its founding forty years ago. Prior to joining MARTA, he was Vice President of one of the country’s leading architecture and engineering consulting firms.
Parker has held a wide range of leadership positions in transportation during his career, including serving as the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation under then-Governor Jodi Rell after serving as Deputy Commissioner for two years.
In these roles, Parker led the state’s monumental efforts to overhaul and expand its transportation network, including roadway, transit, and aviation projects. Parker was previously employed at MARTA from 2005 to 2008 as the Senior Director of Transportation Operations.
Parker began his transportation career in 1985 with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) where he started as an intern and rose to oversee the agency’s extensive light and heavy rail lines. During his 20-year tenure at MBTA, he led various efforts to improve reliability, safety, security, and customer service for the nation’s oldest subway system.
Parker is an active member of the American Public Transit Association (APTA), serving on its board and chairing its Rail Transit and Rail Transit CEO committees. He has served on the board of directors for several major transportation organizations, including the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Bradley International Airport, and the I-95 Corridor Coalition.
In Georgia, Parker has been a member of the board of directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Transportation Alliance, Council for Quality Growth, Central Atlanta Progress, and Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce.
Parker is consistently recognized as one of Atlanta’s most influential leaders, most recently named among Atlanta Magazine’s Most Powerful People of 2020 and Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Power 100: Most Influential Atlantans of 2020. Parker was also recognized in 2019 by the Atlanta Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS-Atlanta) as its “Man of the Year” for his strong record of hiring and promoting women in the transportation industry.
Parker graduated cum laude from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
Jeff Parker Cause Of Death
According to several people close to the transit agency, Parker walked in front of a MARTA train at the East Lake MARTA station at about 10:30 p.m.
MARTA did send out a tweet at 10:39 pm Friday night notifying the public of an emergency at East Lake, saying there were going to be delays on the Blue Line.
At 2:41 a.m. Saturday morning, MARTA tweeted out an update: “In response to the emergency situation at East Lake, bus shuttle service & MARTAConnect has now ended. We thank you for your patience.”
Stephany Fisher, a MARTA spokeswoman, sent out the following statement at 8:47 a.m.:
“With very heavy hearts, we share the official news of GM/CEO Jeffrey Parker’s tragic passing on Friday evening, January 14, 2022. Please keep his family in your prayers and meditations. In the coming days, we will share more information on the transition plan, including grief counseling for employees as we process this devastating news. Jeff cared deeply about MARTA and his leadership gave us a strong foundation from which to carry forward.”