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CATS bus riders counting on new proposal

4 years ago January 17, 2011 Jan 17, 2011 Monday, January 17 2011 Monday, January 17, 2011 4:26:38 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rachel Frost

BATON ROUGE - People who normally take the bus may be left at the station if CATS doesn't come up with a new plan to fill a $1 million budget hole.

The Capitol Area Transit Board meets Tuesday to discuss a new plan to give to Metro Council next week, after their previous plan was rejected.

Donna Stines worries if bus routes do eventually get cut, so will her job.

"I ride the bus every day to Walmart and sometimes I ride it home depending on what time I get off. On holidays we work so we need the bus on holidays," Stines said.

At a Metro Council meeting last week council members were not satisfied with CATS' plan to cut routes and increase fares. Council District 7 representative C. Denise Marcelle hopes the bus system comes prepared to the next meeting.

"I'm not looking for people to come tomorrow with questions. I hope they have some solutions tomorrow," Marcelle said.

Metro Council will consider the new proposal at the meeting next week. If the council goes with the original plan, changes take effect February 1, 2011.

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