Outgoing MARTA CEO Parker is over­rated

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - OPINION -

There seems to be uni­ver­sal ac­claim for outgoing MARTA CEO Keith Parker in At­lanta me­dia — pre­sum­ably from peo­ple who have ex­tremely lim­ited ex­pe­ri­ence rid­ing MARTA. What­ever spread­sheets and cap­i­tal re­serves say about Parker’s ten­ure, as a MARTA rider I have ex­pe­ri­enced no dis­cernible im­prove­ments in MARTA ser­vice, and be­lieve “the Au­thor­ity” (as MARTA refers to it­self in pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial) grew in­creas­ingly hos­tile to its most-reg­u­lar pa­trons un­der Parker’s lead­er­ship. Most no­tably, Parker’s “Ride with Re­spect” cam­paign was a con­de­scend­ing or­der to reg­u­lar MARTA rid­ers to stop be­hav­ing like an­i­mals so that new rid­ers (i.e. white At­lantans) would no longer feel so un­com­fort­able on pub­lic trans­porta­tion. It seems his lec­ture to MARTA rid­ers was ap­pre­ci­ated by those he was try­ing to lure into rid­er­ship, even if more white peo­ple have yet to start us­ing MARTA reg­u­larly. Too bad MARTA didn’t “Operate with Re­spect” for its most-con­sis­tent users dur­ing Parker’s ten­ure. RYAN LEE, VINE CITY

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