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Augusta Commissioner Says Bus Service Would Be Cheaper, Better In-House

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After failing the first time, Augusta will try again to privatize the transit system.

Commissioners voted Tuesday night to have Texas-based McDonald Transit Associates take over city bus service.

Mobility Transit Services, the company currently in charge, is out after it contract ends at the end of July. Mobility made it about two years, taking over in August 2011.

Some Augusta Commissioners, though, feel hiring a private company adds costs and limits making changes.

"I think, financially, we would have been lots better off keeping it in-house because we have the expertise here. And, it would have given us the ability to tweak the routes and so forth because you got these companies that come in. Every time you want to change a route or add a route, it's going to cost you additional money," says Commissioner Bill Lockett.

City leaders met with McDonald Transit Wednesday to make sure the company will be ready to roll on August 1st. The company assured city leaders it will.

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