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May 15, 2014 9:25 AM by AP

Monroe council to consider other transit companies

Two members of the Monroe City Council want to consider using another transit company instead of First Transit to manage the bus system.

Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo said in April he intended to keep First Transit despite the council voting against renewing its contract.

The News-Star reports council members Ray Armstrong and Kenny Wilson said it's time to consider one of the other three companies that bid on the contract rather than proceeding with a company the council did not approve of.

The city received bids from four companies, including three of the largest transit companies in the country in First Transit, McDonald Transit and M.V. Transportation Inc.

A fourth company, The Reliant Group from Baton Rouge, fell well below expectations and was never seriously considered.

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