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Rochester bus service changes

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- There might just be a traffic jam at the bus stops next week.

Rochester City Lines wanted a judge to stop the transition to a new bus company beginning on Monday, but the judge refused to stop the city's switch to First Transit, the low bidder for the service.

To keep federal funding, the City had to go to competitive bids and after four bidders were evaluated First Transit was chosen.

The Cincinnati-based company will be saving taxpayers about 1.9 million dollars a year.

However after losing out RCL went to court claiming the city used a flawed competitive bidding process, that there were conflicts of interest and that the city was biased and prejudiced against RCL.

RCL went to court not once but twice and lost in an attempt to get a restraining order to stop the big change.

The judge did rule Thursday that if R-C-L wants to compete on the street it does not have to stagger schedules it can go ahead and use the same routes and schedules its buses are on tonight.

City Attorney Terry Adkins says, "We thought that because First Transit was first in line, they came in May 21st and got their routes and schedules approved and Rochester City Lines waited until the last day of May to do it. We thought that might carry some weight, but it didn't so we'll have to live with it."

The City Attorney says the only other case he knows of this happening is in Las Vegas... and the competing company did not last.

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