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Commission passes transit deal, downtown safety initiative

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

The Richmond County Commission passed motions on Tuesday to move forward with McDonald Transit to operate Augusta's bus system. They also voted to approve Sheriff Richard Roundtree's plan to ensure safety downtown.

McDonald will take over the bus system on Augusta 1. The current deal with Mobility Transit will expire on July 31. The new contract will last three years, and is expected to save money.

"A lot of people are concerned about the health issues, pollution, and of course, the price of gas," explained Denice Traina, with Augusta Interfaith Coalition. "So they're interested in looking at mass transit and seeing if it could expand. it's happening in other parts of the country, and we feel like it's time to happen here."

Traina has been lobbying for commissioners to expand public transportation in Augusta. It's not yet clear how much the City will pay McDonald, or if service will be extended.

Sheriff Roundtree's plan to add deputies and camera downtown will require local businesses to vote to tax themselves.

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