Metro Atlanta transit board names its director

The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority oversees transit planning and funding in 13 metro counties.

Georgia’s man of many transportation hats got one more Thursday when the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority named Chris Tomlinson its executive director.

Tomlinson had been interim executive director of the new regional transit agency. But the ATL Board (as it's known for short) effectively removed the "interim" from his title with a unanimous vote Thursday.

Tomlinson oversees a new agency charged with overseeing transit planning and funding in a 13-county area. Among its biggest tasks is creating a regional transit plan by the end of this year.

Chris Tomlinson

Tomlinson already leads two other state agencies that are linked administratively to the ATL Board. He's executive director of the State Road and Tollway Authority, which operates the state's Xpress bus system as well as its growing network of toll lanes. He also directs the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, which oversees mobility and air quality issues in metro Atlanta.

“Chris Tomlinson’s wealth of experience and proven track record of results has set the ATL up for success from the beginning,” said ATL Board Chairman Charlie Sutlive.

For overseeing the three agencies, Tomlinson earns a salary of $250,000.

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