Benjamin Limmer, AICP, joined the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) as Assistant General Manager, Planning in 2016. In addition to his role as key advisor to the Authority’s GM/CEO on transit planning and development matters, Limmer’s responsibilities include coordinating all transit and service planning throughout the MARTA service area. He also manages MARTA’s strategic planning, service development, and research and analysis efforts.
Limmer held a variety of positions in public transportation across the United States. Prior to joining MARTA, Limmer was the Transportation Director with the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. where he led the planning, programming and project delivery for the Atlanta Streetcar and the BeltLine’s transit and street improvement program located along the 22-mile corridor. Limmer also held a leadership position at Valley Metro in Phoenix, Arizona where he was responsible for developing the 65-mile light rail system, which included a modern streetcar project, bus improvement projects, transit centers, park-and-rides and other facilities. Limmer began his career as a project planner on the Healthline bus rapid transit system in Cleveland, Ohio.
Limmer has been recognized as one of Mass Transit magazines “40 Under 40.” a graduate of numerous leadership development programs including Valley Leadership in Phoenix, Arizona, Leadership APTA through the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Limmer currently serves on the National Steering Committee for RailVolution, a national network of citizen activists, developers, transit operators and non-profit and business leaders who are passionate about building livable communities with transit. Limmer is also Chair of the APTA Environmental Justice/Title VI Committee.
Limmer is active in professional organizations ranging from the APTA, American Planning Association, Council of Minority Transportation Officials, Transportation Research Board and the Women’s Transportation Seminar. Limmer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, Design and Development from Cleveland State University.