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Augusta's public transit now under new management

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The transition was fast, but smooth.

"I believe, record, this is the fastest of this company I know, or any other company that I am aware of, you know, the fastest transition, we did it in four days," said new general manager Quentarus "QT" Brown.

On Thursday McDonald Transit took the wheel and is now the driving force of Augusta's public transportation. Just two weeks ago, in a 6 to 4 vote, the Augusta Commission hired the Texas-based company to manage the city's paratransit and rural transit services.

"I don't want to come in with a plan," Brown said. "I want to come in and shape for the future."

While there may not be any changes right away, in the next couple of months the city administrator does expect McDonald Transit to present an outline expanding service south and west. But some riders want services to expand in other ways.

"The bus transit is fine as it is. It just needs to run 24 hours," said Matthew Walker, a first-time rider.

Which is one of the many suggestions the new management team says they're taking into consideration as they assess and evaluate

"I want their feedback, I want their grievances, but also I want to know what we can do to improve," Brown said. "There's a list of things that we can improve on."

Around 4 o'clock this morning, Brown greeted each and every one of APT's employees with a welcome breakfast as they came into work. Showing there's a new face running Augusta's public transit system.

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