Sheffield's Greens have failed to persuade the council to look at new options to bring extra funding for the city's bus services.
The Greens called on Sheffield Council to look into new ways of funding services, but the proposal was rejected by Labour.
Speaker for the Green Group, Coun Robert Murphy, said: “Sheffield Council has been standing back and watching the decline of the city's bus services over 30 years. It's time we started looking for solutions instead of just someone to blame.
We are glad our long campaign for regulation of fares, routes and frequencies looks like succeeding – as the Bus Services Bill passes through Parliament - but funding is also a vital part of quality public transport.
“If we are to get back popular services like the Freebee, we need to look for new funding. It is disappointing that the Labour Administration is not even prepared to look.”