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CATS cuts could affect BR businesses

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Posted: Jan 18, 2011 10:23 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: Jan 18, 2011 10:23 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: CATS, cuts, routes, rates, riders, business, employee, employer, Baton Rouge, restaurants, hospitals, grocery stores

BATON ROUGE- Users of Baton Rouge's transit system say if major changes are made to routes and services, they could get fired. And business owners argue, the city can't run without a bus service.

Employers and employees say you may not ride the bus, but many people who work at businesses across the Capitol City do. Grocery stores, restaurants, even hospitals and doctors' offices rely on city transit services to get employees to and from work. And if you like the services you pay for, those who provide them say the transit system has to stay in-tact to keep them.

The Table is Bread Manager Tyrone Dunn said, "Whether you need the bus or not, you've gotta realize that wherever you go to shop, eat, to the hospital, there are people that work in those businesses who depend on the bus to get them there."

As of Wednesday night, the CATS Board was still at a loss for solving its budget problems with anything other than cutting routes and raising rates.

So riders continued their pleas, but this time, directed them to the community.

Kathy Muhot said, "This is no longer to bring the maids from North Boulevard into the suburbs and their husbands as handy men, these are for people that work."

"That work at restaurants, that work at Wal-mart, that work at the Mall of Louisiana and the hospitals and there's got to be a rabbit in a hat, there's got to be a way," said Debbie Marie.

The CATS Board says its hoping council members and the mayor can find a solution before council votes on CATS' proposal next week. Members are working on a list of ideas they can all agree on, before some meeting with the mayor and the city's financial director, ahead of the vote.

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