Georgia

Mayor appoints new commissioner of Atlanta Department of Transportation

Solomon Caviness, IV (courtesy of LinkedIn)

Mayor Andre Dickens has announced the appointment of Southwest Atlanta native Solomon Caviness, IV, as second permanent commissioner for the Atlanta Department of Transportation (ATLDOT).

Caviness will lead the department effective January 3, 2023, taking over the role currently held by interim ATLDOT Commissioner Marsha Anderson-Bomar.

“What I envisioned for ATLDOT in 2017 was a centralized, cohesive hub for Atlanta’s transportation initiatives that a growing city needs and that residents and businesses deserve,” Dickens said in a statement. “Solomon shares our government’s vision for a smarter, more efficient government that executes transportation projects – big, small and in between – in a way that ensures Atlanta is a more livable and accessible city. As a native of our great city, we look forward to welcoming him back home to serve this community we all love.”

Caviness will lead ATLDOT as the city implements the $750 million Moving Atlanta Forward infrastructure package approved by voters earlier this year. Of that amount, $460 million is earmarked for transportation investments, including road repairs, sidewalks and trails, safer road projects, protected bike lanes and more.

“It is with great humility that I can serve the people of my hometown and join the City of Atlanta team,” Caviness said in a statement. “This is an opportunity to advance world-class transportation programs that improve the quality of life for so many people. Atlanta holds a special place in my heart as it has shaped my personal history and this appointment is a unique opportunity. I look forward to advancing the innovative vision and legacy of Mayor Dickens and his team.”

Mayor Dickens also thanked Interim ATLDOT Commissioner Anderson-Bomar for her service to the city.

“When we needed an executive to oversee a smooth transition, Marsha stepped up,” he said. “From preparing our city for inclement weather to executing multiple capital projects, she is a vigorous leader and we appreciate all of her contributions to Atlanta.”

Caviness joins the city and most recently serves as director of the Middlesex County Department of Transportation in New Brunswick, New Jersey. There he oversaw the county’s Office of Engineering, Office of Planning, Public Works and the Middlesex County Area Transit (MCAT) Service, managing projects to ensure departments met priority goals, objectives and schedules.

Prior to this role, Caviness served as the Special Projects Manager for the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.

Caviness grew up in Southwest Atlanta. He earned a BS in Civil Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University, an MS in Civil Engineering-Transportation from the University of Tennessee, and an MBA from NYU’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

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