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Minnesota Supreme Court to hear Rochester City Lines case

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Minnesota Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by Rochester's former city bus operator in its lawsuit against the city.

Rochester City Lines sued the city in 2012 challenging the bidding process in which the city awarded a contract with Cincinnati-based First Transit, Inc.

The Minnesota Supreme Court, which is the third court to hear the case, granted a petition by Rochester City Lines to review it and make a final decision. Oral arguments are expected to begin sometime late this year.

In April, the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the decision made by an Olmsted County judge last summer. The court of appeals supported all the rulings in Olmsted County District Court that the city was not biased against Rochester City Lines in awarding a contract to First Transit, Inc.

Rochester City Lines created the city's transit system in 1966 and ran it for nearly 50 years before the bidding process began in 2012.

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