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MARTA warns of potential for deep cuts

ATLANTA (AP) -- An executive with Atlanta's public transit agency says it needs to start preparing for deep service cuts partly because the Georgia Legislature decided not to lift regulations on how much it can spend on operations.

MARTA General Manager Beverly Scott said Monday the agency will have to "gut" significant parts of the service.

The system's main funding source -- sales tax revenue -- is projected to fall short of previous projections. Officials say that means MARTA will have to make cuts to ensure it has the $40 million in operating reserves required by law.

No decisions have been made on specific cuts. Board Chairman Frederick Daniels said an upcoming management audit could help the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority to identify inefficiencies.

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kevin 2 years ago

MARTA always seems to be in financial trouble. Wonder why? maybe its the large salaries for the many supervisors and managers and the low salaries for the indians that do the work. This seems to be ongoing every year. Can't they cut employees and those pensions and control their costs? Too many people work there and expecting too much from people. Keep raising prices and there will be fewer and fewer riders. Just see what is happening to the Post Office. It is an exact copy of the problems at MARTA. High paying jobs, pensions, and they keep raising prices to keep up with the loss of money instead of cutting middle and upper management. Look at who runs it and you might figure it out!

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Mack711 2 years ago

That is why there is a BIG push to get MARTA into Gwinnett Cobb and Clayton. They want to expand their tax base in order for us to pay for the cost over runs. They know where the money is at, it is not in Atlanta

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RiggaTony 2 years ago

Is anyone surprised by this? When you run a state funded businesses whose customers are criminals and thugs, you can't be too surprised when it doesn't make money. We have to do everything we can to keep this crime pipeline out of Gwinnett, lest all the gangsters from Dekalb and Fulton find their way here.

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kevin 2 years ago

Gwinnett is already seeing a huge increase in crime without MARTA. IF MARTA expands, I am sure they will start to hire more supervisors and other high paying jobs and just get deeper in debt. MARTA needs to show a profit with what is has now before I would let it expand into Gwinnett.

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