GRTA: New leader for transportation authority

The board of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority on Wednesday elected Jannine Miller, Gov. Sonny Perdue’s transportation advisor, as its executive director. The GRTA board is appointed by the governor.

Miller has worked with GRTA staff in developing the state’s new transportation strategy, and she played a key role in the passage of HB 277, the bill passed this year that will allow regions in the state to vote on funding transportation projects in their regions. Perdue said in a statement that that work had earned Miller “the utmost admiration and respect from me personally.”

GRTA was created by former Gov. Roy Barnes and the Legislature with broad powers to fight sprawl and congestion, but now it is best known for running a fleet of suburban commuter express buses in the Atlanta region.