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Mayor wants First Transit to run bus system

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Mayor Jamie Mayo says that management company First Transit will continue to operate Monroe's bus system into the future even without a contract between the firm and the city.

The city council voted against renewing First Transit's contract renewal in December, leaving the future of the bus system in the air. First Transit has continued to run the system since its funding is secure through the end of April.

Mayo believes he can continue paying First Transit on May 1 without a contract, but he'd have to use city funds to pay them instead of federal dollars. Federal regulations require a contract to pay a management firm.

While exact figures were not immediately available, Mayo said it would cost the city about $100,000 to pay First Transit.

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