MARTA began the renovation of restrooms at its rail stations last year but may look at shutting them down to save money as the system faces making major budget cuts brought on because of falling sales tax revenues.
MARTA just completed the overhaul of the restrooms at the Five Points station in downtown to the tune of $550,000. The newly renovated restrooms reopened on New Year’s Eve.
But the agency estimates it could save about $945,000 each year in upkeep costs if it closed all of the system’s restrooms. The system includes three stations in Buckhead, three in Sandy Springs and one in Brookhaven.
The renovations came out of MARTA’s capital budget, not its operating budget. State law dictates MARTA must split its spending between capital projects and operations. The agency is asking the General Assembly to lift that dictate.