MARTA CEO Keith Parker will join local and regional officials in a “transportation summit” panel discussion Tues., March 29 hosted by Leadership Sandy Springs.

MARTA CEO Keith Parker.

Other panelists include Chris Tomlinson, executive director of the Georgia Regional Transit Authority, which operates the Xpress commuter bus service in the top end Perimeter region; Yvonne Williams, president and CEO of the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts, which carries out many transportation projects and is joining Perimeter Center cities in a study of alternative transit options; and Bryant Poole, a Sandy Springs assistant city manager overseeing transportation projects. David Rubinger, publisher of the Atlanta Business Chronicle, will moderate.

The Perimeter Center area is hot spot in the already boiling metro Atlanta traffic and transit debates everywhere from the forthcoming I-285/Ga. 400 interchange expansion to talk of monorails. Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul has declared transportation solutions as the city’s top priority and was a leader of north Fulton County’s support for MARTA’s recent unsuccessful quest to fund expansion with part of a special local option sales tax.

The transportation summit will be held at the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria hotel on Powers Ferry Road, which happens to be along the I-285 corridor regularly choked with Cobb County commuter traffic.

The summit runs 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the hotel at 6345 Powers Ferry Road. Admission is $25 (LSS members $20), and RSVPs are required by March 23 by emailing or visiting

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.