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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              CONTACT:  Lyle V. Harris

May 12, 2014                                                                                           404.848.3982

 

MARTA PROPOSES FISCAL YEAR 2015 BUDGET

MARTA has proposed Operating and Capital Budgets for Fiscal Year 2015 that demonstrate the agency’s continuing commitment to maintain a safe and secure transit system that improves bus and rail service, responds to customers’ needs and controls costs while finding new sources of revenue.

The proposed budget allocates $415.6 million for operations and $470.1 million for capital programs, which includes $149.2 million for debt service.  

The budget proposal will be the subject of public hearings scheduled for May 13th, 14th and 15th in Fulton and DeKalb counties and the City of Atlanta (see schedule, below). An hour prior to each hearing, MARTA Staff will be available to answer the public’s questions. The Board will vote to adopt the final budget on June 5, 2014 before the 2015 Fiscal Year, which begins July 1.

 “This budget shows that we’re forging ahead with our plans to transform MARTA for the future,” said MARTA GM/CEO, Keith T. Parker.  “Our customers, taxpayers and the general public should be confident in the fact that MARTA is worth the investment and is making the best use of the financial resources entrusted to us as we move forward.”

Highlights of the proposed budget include:   

  • A 19 percent increase in rail service hours
  • Q-Bus (Quality Care) Program to improve overall bus fleet reliability 
  • Reinstituting  mass utilization of more durable and secure paper Breeze tickets
  • No fare increase
  • Increase in promotional program fare discounts for purchases of 2,000 or more

A more detailed “snapshot” of additional highlights from the  proposed FY 2015 budget is available at http://www.itsmarta.com/FY15-Budget-Highlights-Operating-Capital.pdf .

PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Atlanta City Hall
Council Chambers
55 Trinity Ave., Atlanta 30303
Taking MARTA: Bus routes 32, 49, 55, 74 from Five Points Station
Community Exchange:  6-7 p.m.

Decatur Recreation Center
231 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA  30030
Taking MARTA: Walk two blocks east of Decatur Rail Station
Community Exchange: 6-7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 3 p.m.  

MARTA Headquarters Building
2424 Piedmont Road
Atlanta, GA  30324
Riding MARTA: Bus routes 5, 6, 27, 30, and 39. Across the street from the Lindbergh Center Station.
Community Exchange: 2-3 p.m.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 7 p.m.

College Park
Public Safety Complex
3717 College St., College Park, 30337
Taking MARTA: Bus route 172 from College Park Rail Station
Community Exchange: 6-7 p.m.

North Springs
United Methodist Church
7770 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs 30350
Taking MARTA: Bus Route 87 from North Springs Rail Station
Community Exchange: 6-7 p.m.

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Public Hearings

Notice of Public Hearings:
May 13, 14, 15, 2014

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) will hold public hearings for the purpose of considering

Proposed Fiscal Year 2015 Operating & Capital Budgets

New Fare Media Promotional Program
Convention/Visitors

Qty of Passes 1
Day Pass
2
Day Pass
3
Day Pass
4
Day Pass
7
Day Pass
1-199 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
200-499 5% 5% 5% 5% 5%
500-999 6% 6% 6% 6% 6%
1,000-4,999 7% 7% 7% 7% 7%
5,000-9,999 8% 8% 8% 8% 8%
10,000-14,999 15% 15% 15% 15% 15%
15,000-24,999 17% 17% 17% 17% 17%
*25,000+ 20% 20% 20% 20% 20%

*Any purchase combination totaling 25,000 passes sold or more will receive a 20% discount.

Tues, May 13 Wed, May 14 Thurs, May 15
555 Trinity Ave. Atlanta, 30303
Atlanta City Hall
Council Chambers

Community Exchange: 6-7 p.m.
Hearing: 7:00 p.m.
Riding MARTA: Bus routes 32, 49,
55, 74 from Five Points Station.

231 Sycamore Street, Decatur 30030
Decatur
Recreation Center
Community Exchange: 6-7 p.m.
Hearing: 7:00 p.m.
Riding MARTA: Walk two blocks east
2424 Piedmont Road NE
Atlanta, 30324
MARTA
HEADQUARTERS
BUILDING

Community Exchange:
2-3 p.m.
Hearing: 3:00 p.m.
Riding MARTA:
Lindbergh Center Station
Bus routes 5, 6, 27, 30, 39

3717 College St., College Park 30337
College Park
Public Safety Complex

Community Exchange: 6-7 p.m.
Hearing: 7:00 p.m.
Riding MARTA: Bus routes172 from
College Park Rail Station.


7770 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs 30350
North Springs
United Methodist Church
Community Exchange: 6-7 p.m.
Hearing: 7:00 p.m.
Riding MARTA: Bus route 87

Copies of the proposed Operating and Capital budgets will also be available for public viewing at MARTA’s Office of External Affairs, 2424 Piedmont Road, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30324 during regular business hours, Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For formats (FREE of charge) in accordance with the ADA and Limited English Proficiency regulations contact (404) 848-4037. For those patrons requiring further accommodations, information can be obtained by calling the Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD) at 404 848-5665.

In addition, a sign language interpreter will be available at all hearings. If you cannot attend the hearings and want to provide comments you may: (1) leave a message at (404) 848-5299; (2) write to MARTA’s Office of External Affairs, 2424 Piedmont Road, N.E. Atlanta, GA 30324-3330; (3) complete an online Comment Card at www.itsmarta.com; (4) or fax your comments no later than May 23, 2014 to (404) 848-4179.

All citizens of the City of Atlanta and the counties of Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton and Gwinnett whose interests are affected by the subjects to be considered at these hearings are hereby notified and invited to appear at said times and places and present such evidence, comment or objection as their interests require.

Keith T. Parker, AICP General Manager/CEO

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