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Critics say Baton Rouge bus overhaul too slow

4 years 1 month 1 week ago April 14, 2013 Apr 14, 2013 Sunday, April 14 2013 April 14, 2013 1:16 PM in News
By: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. - A year after Baton Rouge and Baker voters approved a property tax to improve the local bus system, some transit supporters say the Capital Area Transit System isn't making enough progress.

Before the tax passed, CATS leaders promised to meet a list of deadlines as they moved to overhaul the bus system by early 2014.

By then, the system has promised to add buses, reduce wait times during peak hours to 15 minutes, change the route structure to a grid system and add signs, benches and shelters at bus stops.

But CATS has failed to meet several benchmarks, The Advocate reports including erecting 10 bus shelters, operating a bus tracking system and decreasing wait times for specific routes.

Many tax supporters say they're frustrated by lack of progress.

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