Statement from MARTA General Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker on the passing of Morris Dillard

MARTA mourns the passing of beloved and respected member of the family, Morris Dillard. From going door-to-door in 1971 to ensure passage of the first MARTA referendum to eventually serving as Deputy General Manager, Morris approached his work with a passion and integrity that influenced every aspect of MARTA from its construction to its management. MARTA would not have been a successful project if Morris hadn’t been involved at key times and in key positions. Not one to crave the spotlight, he worked most ardently behind-the-scenes, handling community issues that arose when the rail system was being built and providing counsel and advice to the General Manager. He could get involved on the global stage when necessary, using his mastery of the French language to help broker a deal for the first order of railcars, and his diplomacy when assuring members of the ’96 Olympic Committee that MARTA could efficiently handle the crowd of attendees. Morris’s work with the communities served by MARTA was just as crucial as that of any engineer or financial officer and left a customer-focused legacy evident in today’s transit-oriented developments and expansion projects. Morris loved MARTA and the communities we serve, and he was loved and admired in return. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife and family, and his many friends and colleagues.

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