Collie Greenwood has been named the sole finalist for the permanent position as MARTA’s GM/CEO.

The MARTA Board of Directors has confirmed Collie Greenwood as the transit agency’s new general manager and chief executive officer.

“I am honored and humbled by this opportunity,” Greenwood in a statement. “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.”

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 over 30 years to serve as Chief Service Officer with the Toronto Transit Commission, 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, Greenwood was named Deputy General Manager of Operations where he oversaw all bus and rail operations and helped develop and deliver major capital projects. Greenwood had served as interim GM/CEO since January following the death of Jeffrey Parker.

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.