The CEO and General Manager of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) had been fatally struck by a train in a Friday suicide incident.
Jeffery Parker was pronounced dead in the East Lake Station in DeKalb County at around 10:30 p.m. Friday. He was 55.
“He was an outstanding leader and steward of MARTA whose passing leaves us all heartbroken,” MARTA Chairwoman Rita Scott said.
“We are devastated at this loss as we valued Jeff’s leadership and looked forward to him bringing his vision for transit to fruition.”
“The entire metro Atlanta region owes him a debt of gratitude for his transformational efforts and we will not stop working to build on the foundation he created.”
Among those who mourned Parker’s passing, Gov. Brian Kemp said that the decedent “had an incredible mind for transportation and logistics and a heart for people.”