Major cuts may be in the works for BJCTA

By Ashley Nix

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Deep cuts could be on the way for Birmingham's transit system.  Less routes, layoffs and frozen salaries could become a reality thanks to less money coming into the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority.
According to a memo sent out by BJCTA Executive Director Peter Behrman, the BJCTA is millions of dollars short.  These recommendations are only preliminary, but this could mean major parts.  Because of cut funding from the city of Birmingham, the BJCTA is more than $7 million short.  That could mean frozen salaries for employees, even worse it could mean layoffs.  If things aren't fixed it could also mean 'no service' in many parts of the city and reduced service in some other areas.  

This is just a proposal from the director to the board members.  The fiscal year starts October 1, so there is limited time to find some major solutions to this money hole without affecting BJCTA employees and riders.  This is not BJCTA leaders want to do, and riders are concerned their only means of transportation could be cut for good.  

The board will meet soon to discuss these issues.  Stay tuned to FOX6 for the latest information about this issue.

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