Some MARTA Layoffs: Drastic or Long Overdue?

July 27, 2010  |  

(AJC) — Director of transit-oriented real estate development, who made $103,000 a year: Cut.

Landscape architect, $80,000: Cut.

Employee relations manager, a catch-all job including oversight of health fairs, weight-loss challenges, team-building, $90,000: Cut.

These are among the first cuts MARTA made as it planned to eliminate 734 positions and lay off more than 300 employees, in response to falling revenues from the 1-cent sales tax it receives from Fulton and DeKalb counties. The cuts are in progress and will trim $63.8 million from the fiscal year 2012 budget deficit, according to MARTA spokesman Lyle Harris.

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