Community group calls for CATS changes
BATON ROUGE - Community leaders today called on the East Baton Rouge Metro Council to make changes to the city-parish transit board.
Members of "Together Baton Rouge" brought up issues with the Capital Area Transit System's interim CEO, whom they criticized for having no transit experience, and with the handling of a board member accused of misusing agency funds.
The group called on the Metro Council to make several changes in the next 60 days, including renewing search efforts for a manager with transit experience and supporting reform in how CATS is governed. They stopped short of asking for any board members to resign, something Metro Council members have already called for.
Former board member Montrell McCaleb resigned last week before allegations surfaced that he used CATS money to pay his personal bills. McCaleb has denied any wrongdoing, and an investigation has been opened into the matter.
The CATS board scheduled a press conference for this afternoon to address the issues.