News 12 First at Five / Tuesday, July 2, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Augusta's bus service could come to a screeching halt if commissioners don't come up with a plan.
"They need to make a decision. Don't hurt people like me who depend on the bus," said bus rider William Carpenter.
"There's too many unknowns. It's time to move forward," said Commissioner Mary Davis.
Carpenter agrees. He rides the bus weekly to the grocery store and his doctor's office.
"I got to get around town. The thought of the buses not running scares me," he said.
"You have people that have health issues that need transportation. What if they can't drive?" said bus rider Geneva Hightower.
Four commissioners discussed options on Tuesday about how to keep the bus system rolling. On July 31, the current contract with Mobility Transit will expire.
McDonald Transit would like to take the wheel. We're told leaders could end up saving $1.3 million over three years by going with this new company.
"You've got one side of the aisle that wants employees to come back in house. You've got some that want it privatized," said Commissioner Joe Jackson.
"This could be about a half million dollars in savings. I'm all about saving a dollar," said Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle.