Jim Durrett has been elected Chairman of the MARTA board of directors.
Prior to being elected chairman Dec. 28, Durrett, the Buckhead Community Improvement District’s (BCID) executive director, has served on the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority board since November 2009.
Durrett’s one-year term will begin Jan. 1, overseeing a 12-member board.
He will also represent the authority on the Atlanta Regional Commission’s regional transit committee, which is headed by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. The committee is currently working on a proposed expanded regional transit governance framework.
“I am honored by the position and look forward to using my many relationships with the business community, the transportation community and state and local government officials to the benefit of MARTA, the next generation of regional transit and the region,” Durrett said.
“Jim’s new position will greatly benefit the Buckhead community and all of Atlanta, promoting transportation options and the smart growth of metro Atlanta,” said David Allman, BCID board chairman. “MARTA will be well-served by Jim’s leadership skills and expertise, and BCID is proud of his continued commitment to strengthening our community through civic involvement.”