MARTA General Manager Keith Parker proposed a budget Thursday that promised a revitalized transit authority within five years, with $111 million in reserves rather than falling off the fiscal cliff, as had been projected.
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MARTA in five years
— No fare increase in fiscal year starting July 1. Smaller incremental increases in subsequent years.
— Restored service in terms of routes and frequency
— Reopened public restrooms
— Security cameras on all trains and buses
— Some outsourced functions such as payroll and para-transit services
— Employee benefit cuts, such as rising pension and health-care costs.
— Employee merit raises
— Balanced budget
— Sustainable transit
Steve Visser has reported on MARTA for a year, focusing on finances, ridership and security. He also has reported on public safety, courts, the homeless and mental health issues.