News12 First at Five/ Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Bus routes could be expanding soon in Augusta.
Commissioners are meeting with Fort Gordon officials next week. They're trying to decide how to tie the systems together and transport soldiers across the rest of the city.
Leaders are trying to help soldiers and the whole bus system at the same time. These buses could be going further around town. The wait times could be changing soon as well.
"I hope it is about to happen and I appeal to my commissioners to make it happen," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.
McDonald Transit Officials tells the city they're putting Fort Gordon on the fast track... moving it into phase one of expansion plans. they're also planning to reduce the wait times for routes to 60 minutes instead of 80 minutes.
"Transit is important for industry. You have to get the people back and forth to work. It's important for local users," said Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle.
"We know that it was going to come at a cost. I never said it wasn't," said Commissioner Corey Johnson.
The route to Fort Gordon and increasing run times could cost more than $3 million dollars. The service would run six days a week from Augusta mall and the medical district to Fort Gordon.
Buses will stop running around 8:30 pm. "We have to strengthen the routes that we do have. If we get those running right then, it's time to look at expansion," said Commissioner Johnson.
It looks like keeping the armed forces from being charged $20 to $30 for round trips taxi cabs is the top priority.
"For the most part, cab companies don't move for one person. It's a large cost to the soldiers who defend the freedoms of America. I don't think it's appropriate," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.
The question remains where will the city get the money to expand?