MARTA staff will brief the public about approved service changes Aug. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. The meeting will be held at Sandy Springs City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road, building 500.

The MARTA board on June 28 eliminated 40 bus routes, reduced rail service by 14 percent and increased fares to balance the 2011 budget.

The service changes are effective Sept. 25. Fares go up Oct. 3.

Nearby bus routes eliminated were routes 38, 70, 91, 105, 151, 328, 329 and 341. That reduces bus service along roads like Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, Windsor Parkway, Dresden Drive and Ashford-Dunwoody Road.

Those routes also pass places such as Perimeter Mall, Chastain Park, Oglethorpe University and the hospitals on “Pill Hill” such as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.