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Mayo wants to keep the wheels rolling

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News)-Monroe First Transit helps people get from point a to point b in Monroe.

But right now the fate of who will drive those buses is unknown.

"We are hoping the city council will reconsider the request from the administration to go with first transit" says Mayo.

The city council voted against renewing First Transit's contract in December.

"I don't think they had all of the facts concerning the transit system" says Mayo.

But First Transit has continued to run the system since its funding is secure through the end of April.

The mayor says he can and will continue paying First Transit on May 1st without a contract, but he'd have to use city funds to pay them instead of federal dollars.

"We would have to use more money from the general fund to subsidize the transit system even more so if the contract is not in place those are dollars we could be using for other services "says Mayo.

"Mayo says he has presented the council with this packet which lists a number of solutions to solve the problem" says Reporter Hilary Hunt.

"Options which include reconsidering first transit also re bidding as well as privatizing possibly even closing the system ive given them the pros and cons of each one of them" says Mayo.

Mayo now says the decision is in the councils hands but he will keep the wheels rolling.

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