Macon-Bibb Commission approves new MTA electric buses

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Macon-Bibb commission approved funding $1.1 million on electric buses for the Macon Transit Authority. That would match federal grant of $1.7 million.

During the commission meeting Tuesday night, Commissioner Tillman expressed that the county should prioritize other projects.

“We don’t need those electric buses,” Tillman said. “We’ve got too many things on the plate.”

Commissioner Tillman says that money could go to unfinished projects like Jeffersonville Road.

“We continue to talk about prioritizing projects and events and this particular project has been going on for well over 20 plus years and we’re spending millions,” said Tillman.

The Jeffersonville Road project has been in the works since 1994. According to Macon-Bibb County Engineering Director, David Fortson, the plan is to widen the road, better traffic signals and add sidewalks. But due to lack of utility funding, the project is on hold.

“Now all of these projects are very important but we’re spending millions on projects in the current fiscal year budget and we’ve over looked Jeffersonville Road,” said Tillman.

Commissioner Tillman thinks electric buses are a good idea, but feels like the county needs to finish what they started.

“I just think it’s incumbent upon we as commissioners, the mayor and his administration to go ahead and complete the road,” said Tillman.

Tillman says he plans to talk to Mayor Reichert soon to find ways to fund the Jeffersonville Road project.

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