MARTA Names Elizabeth O’Neill as its Interim General Manager and CEO

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Friday, September 8th, 2017

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority has named Elizabeth O’Neill as its Interim General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, the Agency announced. The Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve O’Neill, a 22-year MARTA veteran who currently serves as Chief Legal Counsel, who will succeed Keith T. Parker.

“One of Keith Parker’s many strengths has been his ability to assemble a world class senior management team,” said MARTA Board Chair Robbie Ashe.  “Supported by Parker and newly named deputy general manager Arthur Troup, O’Neill will help ensure a seamless transition and carry MARTA forward as we launch a national search for a permanent chief executive.  She has my utmost respect and unequivocal support.”

O'Neill started her career at MARTA as senior associate counsel in 1995 and was promoted to Chief of Litigation in 1999. She was named Chief Counsel and Assistant General Manager in 2006.  In 2013, O'Neill was elevated to the C-Team as Chief Legal Counsel and has been a trusted advisor to MARTA’s senior leaders and its Board.

“I am tremendously humbled by this appointment and look forward to working with the men and women who continue to make MARTA great,” said O’Neill. “These are truly exciting times for MARTA as we continue to deliver the highest level of service while building upon our standard of excellence, enhancing our system through technology and expanding our service footprint.”

O'Neill is a member of the State Bars of Georgia, North Carolina and New York, as well as being admitted to practice law in the federal courts.  She is a graduate of St. John's University School of Law, and lives in Atlanta.