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Bus company's contract will be terminated

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 10:30 AM
Last updated Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 1:09 AM
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The Augusta Commission voted 9-1 to give Mobility Transit Services LLC, the company that runs the city bus service, 90 days’ notice of its intent to terminate its contract.

Commissioner Wayne Guil­foyle opposed it.

“Clearly Mobility has not lived up to the standard that they need to as far as adequate transportation for Augusta-Richmond County,” Commissioner Alvin Mason said. “As we begin to move forward with expanding, extending transportation, one should not be rewarded for doing a bad job by being given more money.”

The commission last year warned Mobility of several contract violations related to late reporting, late payment of vendors and rider complaints.

Commissioner Bill Lockett, who has championed restoring a city-run transit system at least since Mobility took over in August 2011, said the Florida-based company hadn’t created the $400,000 annual savings it promised and has no local staff other than former city transit employees originally laid off in the outsourcing.

“This is something we’ve been working on for well in excess of a year, and we finally got the votes to do something about it,” Lockett said.

Those former city bus and paratransit drivers likely will be called on to operate the service when the city terminates the contract, he said.

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Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 02/20/13 - 11:41 am
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Interesting...

Seems we are moving away from privatization on all fronts on the commission.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/20/13 - 12:04 pm
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Of course Brad, these are

Of course Brad, these are micromanagers who can't micromanage and set up cronies when services are privatized.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/20/13 - 03:14 pm
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Rider Complaints

From the story:

The commission last year warned Mobility of several contract violations related to late reporting, late payment of vendors and rider complaints.

When Augusta government was running the transit system, did it ever have any rider complaints?

And if you are a vendor doing business with the city of Augusta, have you ever had a late payment from Augusta?

jwilliams
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jwilliams 02/21/13 - 06:54 am
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Mobility Transit

The following statement is taken from the Augusta Chronicle 2/20/2013
In other business, the commission voted 9-1 to give Mobility Transit Services LLC, the company that runs the city bus service, 90 days’ notice of its intent to terminate its contract. Guilfoyle opposed it.
“Clearly Mobility has not lived up to the standard that they need to as far as adequate transportation for Augusta-Richmond County,” Mason said. “As we begin to move forward with expanding, extending transportation, one should not be rewarded for doing a bad job by being given more money.”
Would someone please tell me why did Guilfoyle vote for a company that IS OVIOUSLY doing a bad job? A lot of people have recently challenged Commissioner Grady Smith’s reason for doing what he did, stating everything from physical to mental conditions. Well where are those same people in this case? Why are they not challenging the “Great Advocate Guilfoyle (Augusta Chronicle, 2010)?” Why is Guilfoyle supporting mediocrity and the violation of policies by Mobility Transit? ARC taxpayers should be questioning Guilfoyle instead of Smith, not just on this bad decision, but ALL his bad decisions.

Adam Bomb
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Adam Bomb 02/21/13 - 08:56 am
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We need the bus!

Not like it is however. You have to set up bus service that goes where people need to go. The routes must connect at some point so people can transfer and finish their journey. South Augusta is growing yet there are no scheduled routes. A route that goes up and down Peach Orchard Road, connects to an Airport route and Fort Gordon is one idea. All that new housing near Gate One would generate ridership if the bus could enter the Fort and stop at the hospital, ID card building, commissary and PX. It could meet up with one that goes up and down Tobacco road. This is Augusta, standard feasibility studies won't work here. Our disfunctional commissioners should get out and talk to their constituents and find out where they need to go. City busses rarely make money but they do serve the people. With gas prices going through the roof this would be the perfect time to expand a city run bus service.

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