Binghamton City Council is siding with some B.C. Transit riders who say they’re worried that privatizing the bus service is going to mean higher rates, fewer routes and poorer service.

Council voted six to one to pass a resolution voicing their opposition to privatization.  City officials pointed out that it's people who live and work in Binghamton that probably make up the majority of riders who use the buses as their primary mode of transportation, and that makes it the city’s business.

The county issued a statement saying, quote: “The City of Binghamton doesn’t have any role in the operations or finances of B.C. Transit.”  The statement called the city resolution “political posturing rather than real action.”

County officials had said they would meet with city lawmakers to talk about their questions and concerns.