In an attempt to establish better accuracy of the funds received through the card payment system for riders that use CCT, GRTA and MARTA, three employees will be hired.
Cobb County commissioners approved the hiring Tuesday.
The transit system has a fleet of 131 buses and a budget of $18 million. Of that $18 million, 33 percent is funded by passenger fares. The employees will increase staff from six full-time and one part-time employees to nine full-time and one part-time employees.
Because the audit demonstrated a need for better efficiency in monitoring and validating revenues paid to the county in the form of bus fares, the employees will perform administrative duties.
Two positions, an accountant and systems administrator, will be funded through federal grants. Salaries are advertised between $34,777 and $53,995 for the accountant position and $56,596 and $90,563 for the analyst position.
The federal government will pay for half of those positions, with the other half coming from the transit system.
A business analyst position will pay between $59,467 and $95,264 and will be funded by money saved from an unfilled engineering position.
Commission Chairman Tim Lee said the three positions will be to manage “back room” activities and riders shouldn’t notice a change in service.
About 125 drivers employed by Veloia Transportation, which has a contract with the county, operate the bus fleet.