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Court, Costs Could Stand In Way Of Fort Gordon Bus Route

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Yellow Cab already goes where city buses are proposed, Fort Gordon, and the company thinks the service it's providing there is good and legal. 

"We have an exclusive contract we're the only taxi cab company allowed on Fort Gordon, we take care of all the soldiers," says Yellow Cab general manager Kenneth Hughes.

But, the city is looking to expand bus service by working out details with fort commanders to make it happen.

"We've asked them for numbers, maybe give us potential ridership kinds of numbers...stuff like that they've seen or potentially seen. It's moving forward," says City Administrator Fred Russell.

But at Yellow Cab, they would like it to stop, even calling on lawyers to determine if bringing city buses to Fort Gordon would violate the company's deal with the U.S. Army.

"You want to protect your contract?" we asked Hughes. "Yes sir, most definitely," he answered. "You're not willing to share?" we asked. "No sir, we fought to get this contract and we intend on keeping it," he answered.

It's Augustas bus system, but city leaders say any legal challenge is between the cab company and the Fort.

"I have all the confidence in the world that they will work all that out, and whatever the fort requires or asks us to do, we'll try to accommodate them any way we can," says Commissioner Alvin Mason.

But, getting the bus to Fort Gordon also requires something else...money...more than $320,000.

"If you were asked to vote in January, could you approve it?" we asked Commissioner Mary Davis. "No, I have to always make sure we have money in the budget before I approve anything," she said.

"Do you have a funding source, is it T-SPLOST, what do we got?" we asked Russell. "That's my question, we're still exploring that. I'm positive, well not positive, very optimistic we'll be able to put something together," he answered.

Russell is preparing to put something together for Augusta Commissioners to consider in January.

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