Augusta NAACP calls for change with bus routes

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News 12 at 6 o'clock, February 18, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Some changes for Augusta public transit could be down the road. News 12 has a copy of an e-mail sent to Augusta's mayor and commissioners from the Augusta NAACP. The group is calling for more funding for routes and buses -- more specifically involving the Augusta Mall stretch.

The Augusta Commission will decide whether to re-instate a route to the mall at Tuesday's Commission meeting.

"Like Nike says, just do it!" said Augusta NAACP President Dr. Charles Smith. "There is no time to procrastinate. Our citizens need our government to take a stand for them and provide as I mentioned goods and services at a very, very delicate time for them."

If commissioners vote to add the route, it would be for 90 days.

Riders and funding will be needed to keep the route beyond that 90 day mark. City leaders have discussed using money from a proposed sales tax increase for public transit funding.

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