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MARTA board votes for Keith Parker as general manager

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Keith Parker

Age: 46

Residence: San Antonio

Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in urban and regional planning, Virginia Commonwealth University; master’s in business, University of Richmond

Professional experience: CEO of VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio (2009-present); CEO of Charlotte Area Transit System (2007-2009)

ATLANTA

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

Size: Covers 1,963 square miles

Budget: $435 million

Employees: 4,500

Annual ridership: 146 million boardings

Fares collected annually: $108 million

Rail: Heavy rail

SAN ANTONIO

VIA Metropolitan Transit

Size: Covers 408 square miles

Budget: $177 million

Employees: 1,700

Annual ridership: 42 million boardings

Fares collected: $23 million

Rail: No. A streetcar is scheduled to open by 2016.

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