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Friday, May 29, 2009

MARTA proposes fare hike, parking fee increase

Even with the Atlanta Regional Commission's $25 million lifeline, MARTA's still nearly $110 million in the red. Yesterday, the transit agency released its budget proposal, which includes several changes it's mulling to cut costs. Here's a quick rundown:

MARTA riders could potentially see:

  • 25 cent fare increase

  • $1 parking fee increases in seven paid lots

  • Bus route modification or eliminations

  • Ending MARTA train service at midnight

  • Longer wait times between trains

MARTA employees could potentially see:

  • Annual merit increases eliminated

  • Increase in employees' contributions to health benefit plans

  • 10 furlough days

If you want the specific details transit agency's cash situation, download MARTA's 2010 budget proposal (PDF).

MARTA will hold public hearings to solicit citizen input about the proposed changes. Those dates and locations are pasted after the jump.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Atlanta City Hall

55 Trinity Ave.

Atlanta, 30303

Bus routes 21, 49, 55, 97 from Five Points Station.

Special bus shuttle will be provided from the Five Points Station.

North Fulton Service Center

7741 Roswell Road

Sandy Springs, 30350

Bus route 87 from the Dunwoody or North Springs Station.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

South Fulton Service Center

5600 Stonewall Tell Road

College Park, 30349

Bus route 180 from College Park Station

Maloof Auditorium (Downtown Decatur)

1300 Commerce Drive

Decatur, 30030

One block west of Decatur Station

(Information sessions will begin at 6:00 p.m. at all locations on both nights.)

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