ATLANTA – Today Atlanta BeltLine Inc. (ABI) announced the appointment of Dr. Henry Ikwut-Ukwa to serve as their new Transportation Director. In this capacity, Dr. Ikwut-Ukwa will lead the effort to implement the 22-mile Atlanta BeltLine transit loop with the Atlanta Streetcar crosstown network, as well as the implementation of Atlanta BeltLine 46-miles of complete streets and accompanying elements of the Connect Atlanta Transportation Plan and the Streetcar System Plan.
Ikwut-Ukwa joins ABI bringing over 15 years of professional experience in transit operations, transportation planning and policy development, project and program management, and engineering design. Prior to joining ABI, Dr. Ikwut-Ukwa served as the Manager of Planning and Development with the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) in Birmingham, Alabama where he worked on the City’s successful TIGER 7 grant application for a 15-mile Bus Rapid Transit corridor project.Before his tenure with BJCTA, he was the Principal of a private consulting firm, Consul Company.
Dr. Ikwut-Ukwa is no stranger to transit and transportation in the City of Atlanta. During his professional career, he has also served for nearly six years as Manager of Transit System Planning for MARTA where, among other things, he led the planning and implementation of the Memorial Drive Bus Rapid Transit Project. Prior to this he worked in private sector consulting with major engineering companies.
Dr. Ikwut-Ukwa completed his doctoral work in Transportation Engineering with a minor in Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a registered professional engineer (PE) in the state of Pennsylvania, and served for four years on both the Downtown and Midtown Atlanta Development Review Committees. He was recently selected into the 2016 Leadership Program of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
“This is a very critical time for transit and transportation,” stated Paul F. Morris, Atlanta BeltLine CEO. “Dr. Ikwut-Ukwa’s experience in transit planning, leveraging federal funding, and knowledge of the mobility needs of the City of Atlanta and the region will be instrumental in our efforts to implement the Street Car System Plan and bring transit to the Atlanta BeltLine.”