MARTA budget avoids fare hike
6/21/2013, 6:14 a.m.
The MARTA board has approved an $857.4 million budget for fiscal year 2014 that preserves existing transit service and avoids a 25-cent fare hike.
The budget allocates $426.9 million for operations and $430.5 million for capital programs, including $141.1 million for debt service, and takes effect on July 1.
Frederick L. Daniels Jr., chairman of the MARTA board, said the board is optimistic about the budget and sustainability.
“The budget puts us on a forward path, and our management team will continue to assess and make recommendations on how to best address the challenges before us in ways that will ultimately strengthen MARTA as a whole,” Daniels said on June 10.
The budget plan preserves existing transit service and avoids a previously projected 25-cent fare increase as part of a five-year strategy to stabilize the agency’s finances, improve the overall customer experience, and build employee morale.
Budgetary highlights slated for FY 2014 and beyond include:
- Reopening rail station restrooms previously closed to customers (FY 2015).
- Implementing a zero-tolerance policy against “knucklehead behavior” (FY 2014).
- Restoring some transit service (FY 2017).
- A “secret shopper” program to monitor and improve customer service (FY 2014).
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