CATS prepares to improve operations, polish its image
BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System is preparing to spend some serious money to improve its operations - and its image.
The board will be asked to approve purchasing eight new buses at a cost of $450,000 each to replace vehicles in its aging fleet. The agency also is looking to sign a contract capped at $50,000 a year with Baton Rouge firm Covalent Logic for public relations.
CATS, while gradually improving service, has faced one crisis after another the past few years since the tax was passed. CATS' public image meltdown started with former board member Montrell McCaleb, who was accused of using the agency's money to pay personal bills.