Transit vote unwise

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The Augusta Commission has voted to terminate the contract with Mobility Transit Services.

Although the contract permits termination without cause, it may not be a wise decision for the people of Augusta.

The avowed purpose of outsourcing the transit operations was to save money. Based on what I heard in a recent commission meeting, that purpose has been accomplished during the first year of Mobility’s tenure.

Mobility has operated the system at lower cost to the city, while improving overall quality of service and efficiency.

These improvements were not the luck of the draw or the result of happenstance. Mobility instituted reforms such as better driver training, monthly safety meetings, Department of Transportation physical screening for drivers, and oil analysis to extend the life of the fleet.

Whatever reasons commissioners have for changing the management structure and personnel, Mobility’s performance does not seem to be at issue.

So the question is: If we have a company in place that is making tremendous progress, what can we do together to make our transit systems stronger for the community?

The Rev. Dr. Sam Davis


(The writer is pastor of Beulah Grove Baptist Church in Augusta.)

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deestafford 03/03/13 - 09:30 am
Could it be

Could it be that some people are unhappy because they can't use patronage when something is contracted out and not run by the machine? Just sayin'

soapy_725 03/03/13 - 11:14 am
Outsourcing does not continue the growth

of government bureaucracy. More government employees equals and necessitates a larger tax base. More power. More influence peddling. More of what the dirty game of politics is all about. It limits cronyism. It limits the scope of corruption. Unless a commissioner own the bus company or rents space to the bus company.

tom31510 03/07/13 - 09:11 am

'Could it be' is most likely right. I worked for 20 yrs for a national company that started doing work for city, county & state governments in both FL & GA. The governments were saving money & the company was making money. How? Accountability. Fewer people did more work. They were screened before being hired, once hired they were trained. After an initial probation period they were either given a raise or let go. The company was very professional & the employees began to act professional and feel proud of the work they were doing and were proud to wear the uniform.
From what service companies see of the running of Augusta's city and county governments they would have to be very hungry for a contract to even consider doing work in Augusta.

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