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Edward L. Johnson has more than 25 years of experience in the transportation industry. He is currently the President of AHJ Operations and Consulting which he formed in early 2019. AHJ provides leadership training, service evaluation, and governmental relations. Most recently, he served as the CEO of the Orlando transit system known as LYNX.
While leading LYNX, Mr. Johnson was recognized as 2018 CEO of the Year by the Orlando Business Journal, as well as recognized by AT&T for implementing advanced technology throughout the transit network. In his nearly three-years with the agency, four mobile applications were designed, developed and installed to improve the customer experience. Other accomplishments include the installation of WiFi on all fixed route vehicles; maintaining operating expense growth at less than three percent annually; improving paratransit customer satisfaction through an increase of on-time performance from 80% to 91%, and virtually eliminating customer complaints to elected officials.
Prior to serving as CEO at LYNX, Edward served as the chief administrative officer (CAO) for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). As CAO, Johnson oversaw MARTA's architectural services, information technology, human resources, police, safety and the strategic planning departments. During his tenure at MARTA, Johnson led the development of a service and financing plan for two sales tax referendum packages to expand bus and rail operations.
During his previous tenure at LYNX, he served as the interim CEO, GM, CAO, chief of staff and the manager of operations support/development.
Edward began his career in his native Alabama home with the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (MAX), where he served as the grants and planning manager.
Edward regularly serves on various local boards including the American Red Cross Mid-Florida Region, METROPLAN ORLANDO Economic Development Commission, Central Florida Urban League, and the Hankins-Johnson Education Foundation.
A recipient of the Orlando Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award, Johnson earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Jacksonville State University in Alabama. He also is a graduate of the Eno Transportation Executive Leadership Program, Leadership Orlando, and served in the U.S. Army Reserves as an infantry platoon leader.
Jim created Transit Insight in June of 2014. Prior to this, he served as the Director of Planning and Grants at the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) for 8 years. During this time, his responsibilities expanded to include planning for the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), which included the Music City Star Commuter train, regional bus service, and vanpools.
McAteer has provided leadership and direction for both local and regional transit planning efforts, including day-to-day system analysis as well as the development and implementation of new services for both MTA and RTA. Over Jim's career, he has focused on working collaboratively with other agencies to expand the role of transit in the community. This included active engagement with local city planning departments, chamber’s of commerce, business and non-profit organizations, as well as anyone willing to partner in making transit a success.
He has also served as a transit advisor for a Sustainable Design Assessment Team sponsored by the American Institute of Architects. Prior to joining the MTA in 2006, McAteer spent four years at the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization as a project manager on a wide range of transportation projects with a focus on transit and bicycle-pedestrian issues. Jim worked as the MPO and Planning project manager for the first ever Strategic Plan for Sidewalks and Bikeways in Nashville.
McAteer attended Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he attained a Masters of Arts in Geography and Environmental Planning with a specialization in Transportation Planning in 2002.
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