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June 28, 2010 MARTA Board of Directors Approved FY 2011 Operating and Capital Budget Which Included Preservation of Some Bus and Rail Service

 

Service modifications will be implemented on September 25th and pass price increases will go into effect on October 3rd. The documents below are the final budget documents that were presented and approved by the MARTA Board.

 PDF  Revised Bus Service Modification Index Part I (PDF 208 KB)

PDF   Revised Bus Services Modifications Part 1 Spanish 

PDF   Revised Bus Service Modification Index Part II (PDF 215 KB)

PDF  Revised Bus Services Modification Part ll Spanish 

PDF  Revised Bus Service Modification Index Part III and Rail Service Changes  (PDF 167 KB)

PDF  Revised Bus Service Modification Index Part lll and Rail Changes Spanish 

PDF  Fare Changes (858 KB)

PDF  Fare Changes Spanish 

Microsoft Word Document FY2011 Deficit Reduction Survey Results (WORD, 2.2 MB)  

Microsoft Word Document FY 2011 Deficit Reduction Survey Spanish 

PDF FY 2011 Budget Proposals (Capital and Operations) 

PDF FY 2011 Budget Proposals (Capital and Operations) Spanish 

Microsoft Word Document FY2011 Capital Budget Highlights 

Microsoft Word Document FY 2011 Capital Budget Spanish-read only

Microsoft Word Document FY 2011 Operating Budget Highlights 

Microsoft Word Document FY 2011 Operating Budget Spanish-read only 

 

The MARTA Board of Directors on June 28, 2010 during a special board meeting approved the FY 2011 Operating and Capital Budget which includes the preservation of some bus and rail service that had originally been proposed for elimination.  The approved FY 2011 budget, totaling $710.44 million, includes a net transit operating budget of $389.64 million and a total capital budget of $320.8 million, which includes $132.8 million allocated for debt service.  The FY 2011 budget takes effect on July, 1 2010, with service, fare, and internal cost containment measures taking effect at various times over the next several months.

Based on public comments received during the official comment period and at the public hearings held earlier this month, the board members in attendance voted unanimously to maintain Green line service to Edgewood/Candler Park station, and to maintain bus routes that were originally proposed for modification including Routes 26 (Perry Blvd/West Highlands), 67 (West End), and 68 (Donnelly).  An extension of Route 3 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive) was approved to address concerns about the elimination of Route 113.  MARTA was able to fund the preservation of these services by identifying additional non-represented position reductions along with across the board reductions in non-personnel expense categories.

“The MARTA Board has taken the extremely difficult but necessary action to adopt a FY 2011 budget that realigns the Authority for future fiscal sustainability,” said MARTA Board Chairman Michael W. Tyler.  “This required significant cost cutting measures.  Throughout this budget development process, we have challenged ourselves and the MARTA staff to preserve as much transit service as possible.  To that end, we have been able to maintain more than half of the bus service originally identified for elimination.  However, without an additional dedicated source of funding from the state or region this transit agency’s ability to continue providing effective service will be in serious jeopardy. It is critical that the General Assembly revise HB 277 during the next legislative session to make MARTA’s current system eligible for operating and maintenance assistance under a new regional sales tax.  Without this change, MARTA will be forced to continue eliminating transit services which are critically needed to support the economic success and quality of life in this region and state.”    

The original budget deficit of $120 million was reduced to $69.34 million due to the Authority’s significant cost reduction measures, a better-than-projected sales tax forecast from Georgia State University, and the Georgia Legislature lifting the 50/50 restriction for three years

“Facing a significant budget deficit for FY 2011 which required the consideration of major service cuts, MARTA immediately began discussions with the public at the beginning of this year in an effort to minimize the negative impacts,” said MARTA General Manager/CEO Dr. Beverly A. Scott.  “After holding nine community meetings, four public hearings and receiving approximately 10,000 public comments, the MARTA board listened and responded to customers by adopting a budget that maintains core service and enables us to continue serving the public to the best of our ability.  We are extremely disappointed to make these cuts at a time when affordable and environmentally-responsible transportation options are needed more than ever.  We want to thank our customers and employees for working with us through this extremely difficult time.  We commit to continue doing all that we can to effectively serve our member jurisdictions and the thousands of daily riders who depend on our service.” 

MARTA’s FY 2011 budget includes a number of internal cost containment measures; a 10.2 percent reduction in bus service (131 routes to 91 routes), a 14.2 percent reduction in rail service, an increase in weekly, monthly and Mobility pass prices; closure of two RideStores; reduced customer service call center hours; a reduction in the number of Station Agents assigned throughout the system, and designation of public restrooms at nine major transfer points and end-of-line stations

Service modifications were developed based on MARTA’s guiding principles to develop a core service that is reliable and sustainable and maintain connections to major activity centers and critical “lifeline” facilities.

Internal cost containment measures include the elimination of 734 positions, no merit-based or annual cost of living increases for employees, and mandatory 10-day furloughs for non-represented employees (excluding police and operating supervisors).

Service modifications will be implemented on September 25th and pass price increases will go into effect on October 3rd. Information on the adopted  changes can be found above.

FY 2011 Capital Budget Spanish-read only
 



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