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Rochester City Lines loses again in court fight over bus contracts

Lost the contract for bus service in 2012 and 2016 after providing the service for 46 years.

Posted: Oct 15, 2018 12:18 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Rochester City Lines has lost another round in its years long court battle against the City of Rochester.

Rochester City Lines provided bus service in Rochester from 1966 through 2012, but lost the bus service contract in a competitive bidding process in 2012 and 2016. The company sued the city over losing the contract both times.

On Monday, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled again against Rochester City Lines in its lawsuit over the 2016 contract. The company filed a pre-bid protest involving the 2016 contract. That protest was denied by a moderator and the contract was awarded to company called First Transit. The Court of Appeals reversed that denial on one grounds but declined to consider other issues raised by Rochester City Lines. The Minnesota Supreme Court then ordered the Court of Appeals to rule on those other issues.

Those issues include Rochester City Lines claiming they were unfairly deprived of references, their past performance for the city was not fully considered, the City of Rochester was biased toward First Transit, and the city unfairly denied opportunities for small business. The Court of Appeals has now ruled against Rochester City Lines on all those issues, stating they find “no basis exists to overturn the moderator’s decision on this or any of the other issues the Supreme Court directed this Court to address.”

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