Changes to the Monroe city transit system still up in the air

MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Changes are coming to the Monroe City Transit System, the question is what and when will they be. It's up to city council to determine if bus fares will go up 50%.

If it fails, Marc Keenan, general manager, says changes still have to come.

"We still have to address the budgetary issues," Keenan said.

That means they could be forced to go back to the original plan, to eliminate nine routes which don't sit well with riders.
Keenan says he's trying to help the city offset a projected $4 million budget deficit.

Councilman Michael Elchols is asking for other options like, could we save money if we had a smaller staff, which Keenan says is worth looking into. But, that would mean more people would lose jobs.

Riders just hope they can still catch a ride to work to pay their bills.

"Think about the mass of people, the Monroe, the citizens of Monroe," Mondrian Douglas.

The Monroe City Council has agreed to sit on voting to increase bus fare until its next meeting.