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MARTA holds hearings on proposed budgets

5/9/2014, 12:10 p.m.

MARTA is holding public hearings on May 13-15 on its proposed fiscal year 2015 operating and capital budgets.

It has proposed a capital funds budget of $470.1 million for FY 2015 and a Capital Improvement Program proposed budget of $320.9 million.

The authority’s $471.2 million Capital Revenue Budget is based on the capital funds on hand, the capital portion of sales tax receipts, the federal and state grants, interest earned on capital investments, and the issuance of commercial paper.

Its Capital Improvement Program provides for the replacement, rehabilitation and enhancement of facilities and equipment required to support system safety, transit operations and regulatory requirements.

The hearings may be of interest to residents of DeKalb, Atlanta and Fulton, Clayton and Gwinnett counties.

In DeKalb, the May 13 public hearing takes place at 7 p.m. at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St. in Decatur. There is also a meeting at 7 p.m. at Atlanta City Hall Council Chambers, 555 Trinity Ave. in Atlanta.

On May 14, a public hearing will be held at 3 p.m. at MARTA Headquarters, 2424 Piedmont Road N.E. in Atlanta, preceded by the community exchange at 2 p.m.

Hearings take place on May 15 in College Park and Sandy Springs. A sign language interpreter will be available at all hearings.

Copies of the proposed operating and capital budgets also will be available for public viewing at the Office of External Affairs at MARTA Headquarters during regular business hours – 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For formats in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and Limited English Proficiency regulations, call 404-848-4037. Patrons requiring further accommodations can call the Telephone Device for the Deaf at 404-848-5665.

If you cannot attend the hearings and want to provide comments, leave a message at 404-848-5299; write to MARTA’s Office of External Affairs, 2424 Piedmont Road N.E. Atlanta, GA 30324-3330; complete an online Comment Card at www.itsmarta.com; or fax comments no later than May 23 to 404-848-4179.