News12 First at Five/ Nov. 20, 2013
Augusta,Ga (WRDW)---One private company is telling the city to spin their wheels somewhere else. Yellow Cab is in an exclusive contract with Fort Gordon for providing transportation for soldiers.
Soon the city and Fort Gordon officials are set to negotiate the terms of adding city bus routes in the area. "I think it's wrong. I think it's wrong, We don't need any buses out at Fort Gordon," said Cab Owner David Fields.
Fields say his company has four years left on a contract where they pay Fort Gordon for exclusive rights to take soldiers around the city.
"It's a lot we pay thousands over a year," said Fields.
"We could cut down on the frequency during peak hours and add later routes. I realize soliders do go downtown," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.
Fields says years ago the city tried a route to Fort Gordon but then stopped three months later. "I have seen this play out before and I think it's ridiculous. I shouldn't have to compete or even think about competing with the government," said Fields.
"So those are some of things we are discussing. We're also looking at increasing routes to Tobacco Road and Windsor Spring in the first phase as well," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.
Lawyers for the cab company are over looking the current contract since a change will affect how much money the company brings in. He has a message for the city.
"Go to Peach Orchard Road, go take care of taxpayers that need the help. I mean those people need help," said Fields.
It's lots more that has to be worked out. City leaders will meet with Fort Gordon officials to work out the logistics on Friday afternoon.