Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District, has been elected as chair of the MARTA board of directors.

Durrett, who has served on the MARTA board since November 2009 as a DeKalb County representative, said he will use his expertise as an urban planner and environmental affairs specialist to help guide the future of the Metro Atlanta public transportation system.

His one-year term will begin Jan. 1, at which time he will preside over the recently downsized 12-member board.

As chair of the MARTA board of directors, Durrett will also represent the authority on the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Transit Committee headed by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. The committee is currently working on a proposed expanded regional transit 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 BCID board chairman David Allman.

-John Schaffner