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CATS hold meetings on new routes

4 years 3 months 1 week ago Wednesday, October 08 2014 Oct 8, 2014 October 08, 2014 5:04 PM October 08, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Jason Newton

BATON ROUGE - The Capital Area Transit System wants to expand on some routes with the first public discussion tonight at 5:30 p.m.

Riders at a stop on Government Street had some strong opinions when it comes to their thoughts on the Capital City's public transportation.

"You sit out here sometimes way longer than I think you should," said Andrew Graham of Baton Rouge. "I've been here 45 minutes and I haven't seen a bus either way."

Leadership for CATS is welcoming all public comments and criticisms to talk about proposed new bus routes.

"We want to hear from our ridership," said Bob Mirabito, CATS CEO. "We want to hear from people who might want to try the bus."

Three new bus routes are under consideration for late November. The first is the Nicholson corridor from Tigerland to downtown Baton Rouge. An LSU non-stop from the CATS terminal to campus and three alternate routes are being looked at for a Garden District route that would take passengers downtown.

"I think we're heading in the right direction," Mirabito said. "We're customer-focused."

The implementation will costs about $1 million initially, but the system is expecting to recoup the money spent with better efficiency.

"We are going to be changing frequency on the routes to better match the demand," Mirabito said. "So we think there's going to be some saving on existing routes to offset expense on new routes."

There will be another public meeting on Thursday at the BREC headquarters.


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