AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Commissioners are trying to boost the number of people using the city's public transit system by adding more pickup times and extending their hours as well as their bus routes.
During the commission's Tuesday committee meetings, several Commissioners made it clear that their top priority is extending bus service to Fort Gordon.
Bus officials are planning to link the Fort Gordon community to the Augusta Mall and downtown.
The buses would run until 8:30 p.m. and would operate 6 days a week.
Currently most buses pick up riders every 60 to 80 minutes bus officials want to lower that to every 30 or 60 minutes.
City leaders have a $2.1 million three phase plan to improve the transportation system. The long term proposal also would add several bus routes to South Augusta and the flea market.
Adding Fort Gordon pickups could cost an additional $600,000, according to Tim Elliott, Senior VP of McDonald Transit.
Commissioners are still determining if the money will come from the city or another funding source.
"It's a desperate need, we've got soldiers who go to Washington Road, they go downtown and they go to the mall very frequently, especially on the weekend," said district four commissioner Alvin Mason.
Commissioners will meet with Fort Gordon officials next week to discuss possible bus routes.
Commissioner Mason says he'd like to see the route to Fort Gordon up and running by the end of this year.