Community gives CATS feedback on route/rate plan
BATON ROUGE - The Capital Area Transit System, or CATS, heard from the public Tuesday night about its plan to fill a budget deficit by cutting routes and adding rates.
The agency is facing a $1.2 million hole in its 2011 budget, and are proposing to get rid of weekend and holiday services, while increasing rates for riders across the board, to balance the budget.
Riders wanted to know specifics on route and price changes, but mostly why the agency is out of money.
The answers included federal and state funding disappearing, the cost to operate increasing and a tax to consistently fund the system failing just a few months ago.
CATS has already approved its budget with the missing money, but will meet again on Wednesday in a special meeting, to decide on a final plan to make the budget work, with comments from tonight's meeting.
Metro Council has the final say at its meeting January 12.