CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Transit Authority says 54 positions will be eliminated, as part of budget cuts that will save the agency $15 million per year.

The CTA plans to cut 26 manager-level positions, and 28 other non-union jobs, the CTA said.

The agency says it will save about $7.6 million in salaries and benefits through a 10 percent reduction in senior management. With the combined layoffs and a reduction in expenses, the agency will save $15 million annually.

None of the positions are safety-related or directly impact service, the CTA said. Additional savings of $900,000 in labor and benefit costs will be achieved by delaying hiring for open positions that have been deemed necessary.

There are also plans to reduce materials, utilities and contractual services.

“The CTA faces severe financial challenges and cannot wait for next year’s budget to begin making cuts,” CTA President Forrest Claypool said in the release. “By reorganizing and streamlining, we gain immediate savings with no adverse effect on the current level and quality of service provided to customers.”

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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