Augusta isn’t ready to hit the brakes on the Fort Gordon bus route.
The six month trial program for the bus, linking the post to Augusta mall has ended and city leaders are debating whether it should continue.
The service cost $152,000, but saw few riders and only brought in $1,600. Keeping it going for the rest of the year would cost another $150,000.
“If it is not feasible, we need to look at stopping it,” said Augusta Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle. “Do you want to stop on June 3rd?” we asked. “If that is what the Administrator had it set aside for, that would be six months,” he answered.
“A lot of bus services don’t make money, so this is what we should expect? we asked Guilfoyle. “Does two wrongs make a right?” he asked.
The committee voted to keep the service going for another 30 days to allow the new Augusta Public Transit Department director to evaluate the route see if there are other sources of money available and to suggest changes to reduce the cost.