Fri., May 10, 2013 9:00am (EDT)

MARTA Schedules Budget Public Hearings
By Associated Press
Updated: 11 months ago

ATLANTA  —  
Metro Atlanta's public transit system plans to hold public hearings to present its proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year. After the public hearings, the full board will vote on the final budget before the new fiscal year begins on July 1. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris-yunker/2478436403/>Chris Yunker via Flickr</a>.)
Metro Atlanta's public transit system plans to hold public hearings to present its proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year. After the public hearings, the full board will vote on the final budget before the new fiscal year begins on July 1. (Photo Courtesy of Chris Yunker via Flickr.)
Metro Atlanta's public transit system plans to hold public hearings to present its proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year.

The MARTA budget hearings are set for various locations on May 14 and 16. After the public hearings, the full board will vote on the final budget before the new fiscal year begins on July 1.

The draft budget includes $426.9 million for operations and $430.5 million for capital programs, including $141.1 million for debt service. MARTA says the budget proposal will preserve existing service and will avoid a previously projected 25-cent fare increase.

MARTA general manager and CEO Keith Parker says the proposal is a "road map" to transform the agency for long-term fiscal sustainability.