Friday, June 14, 2013

Red Line Consultant Paul Morris lands on his feet in Atlanta

Was wondering why aShortChronicle had received a few hits this week on Paul Morris, the former Parsons Brinckerhoff consultant who became North Carolina Deputy Secretary for Transit.  Mr Morris lost his job as Deputy Secretary in the shakeup at NCDOT earlier this year.  (See UPDATED: Shakeup at NCDOT. Will it affect the Red Line?)

Now we know where he landed - NC's Paul Morris named CEO of Atlanta BeltLine.

It's pretty clear that the BeltLine project will benefit from having Anthony Foxx, a good friend of Mr Morris' from his Red Line days, in Washington as Secretary of Transportation.  Here's a link to the BeltLine funding sources which includes "critical" Federal funds.

My guess is the consultants over at Parsons Brinckerhoff are also celebrating.  They're in Atlanta, and having an alumnus leading a multi-year, multi-modal project can't be anything but good for the consulting business.

To the good citizens of Atlanta, here's hoping you can avoid the same fate of us here in Charlotte and North Carolina.

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