No matter, apparently, that there is no private bus firm being denied business, or that the arrangement saved the district and taxpayers about $1 million over two years. Rules are rules and a monopoly is a monopoly, and protecting that monopoly apparently is what the Transit Authority is all about. Common sense and the general good have nothing to do with it. The Transportation Authority paid its lobbying dues and expects to get its money's worth, no matter how absurd the situation.
Michigan lawmakers need to get this mindless bit of bureaucratic overreach overturned.