Champions of Change
Beverly Scott is CEO of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) – the ninth largest public transit system in the United States. A 30-year public transportation veteran, she is a past Chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and nationally recognized for her extraordinary leadership and advocacy in advancing increased investment in quality public transportation choices – and the workforce responsible for making it all happen. During the height of the economic downturn, Scott and her volunteer team painted red X’s on MARTA buses and trains to help the general public, State and regional leaders understand the devastating impact that 25-30% transit service cuts would have on the region’s economy, employers, and – most directly on people’s daily lives – the thousands of daily transit riders without other options. It helped and resulted in a historic demonstration of support from the Atlanta Regional Commission – comprised of elected officials and policymakers across the greater Atlanta region.