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Bus system revamp runs into hurdles in Baton Rouge

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Posted: Apr 26, 2014 10:39 AM
Updated: Apr 26, 2014 10:39 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: CATS, bus, baton rouge, transit, Maribito

BATON ROUGE - Transit authorities in Baton Rouge say new bus hubs that allowed system managers to create more direct routes for riders and shorten wait times for buses may have to be reconfigured after problems emerged.

Just weeks into the system-wide route changes, traffic is congesting at a downtown bus transfer hub.

In addition, management at the Mall of Louisiana has been lukewarm to a hub there, and another hub is at the former Earl K. Long Hospital, a facility that is to be demolished.

Capital Area Transit System Chief Executive Bob Mirabito likens the transfer points to airline hubs. They are part of changes CATS introduced this year. At hubs, buses sometimes park for a time waiting for other buses to arrive so riders can transfer.

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