BRADENTON, Fla. - The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority will consume its reserves by 2018, and that could derail plans to fund billions in capital needs over the next decade, according to Moody’s Investors Service.

MARTA, the largest transit system in the United States that does not receive operating support from the state, also faces an operating shortfall of $248 million by 2021, Moody’s analyst Xavier Smith said in a special commentary Friday.

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