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MARTA names new executives as it prepares for expansion

MARTA CEO Jeffrey Parker named three people to the agency’s leadership team Monday.

Parker named Frank Rucker the agency’s new chief of capital programs, expansion and innovation; Luz Borrero as chief administrative officer and David Springstead as chief of rail operations. 

“My goal has always been to be purposeful about building a leadership team with the right experience to improve operations and expand MARTA’s footprint,” Parker said in a statement announcing the moves. “Ultimately, everyone in our organization must be fully committed to improving the overall customer experience and we now have the right people in place working with me to accomplish that.” 

Rucker, an engineer, worked on the multi-billion-dollar capital improvement program at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and brings nearly 40 years of experience to MARTA. Among other things, he’ll oversee the agency’s $2.7 billion “More MARTA” expansion in Atlanta

Borrero has served as deputy chief operating officer for DeKalb County and the City of Atlanta. Springstead previously oversaw MARTA’s capital programs and has been with the agency for more than 20 years.

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The new leadership team comes as MARTA prepares for a major expansion in Atlanta and prepares for Gwinnett County transit referendum in March. The agency also is moving forward with plans for a commuter rail line in Clayton County.

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David Wickert writes about transportation issues for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He previously worked for newspapers in Washington state, Illinois, Virginia and Tennessee.

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