Posted: Jul 25, 2011 11:13 AM by Russell Jones
BATON ROUGE - The Capital Area Transit System will keep rolling in East Baton Rouge, thanks to a combination of grants and federal dollars.
EBR Mayor-President Kip Holden announced today that $500,000 in Disaster Recovery grants will be given to CATS from the state Office of Community Development.
This grant, combined with another half-million dollar grant from EBR Mortgage Refinance Authority, will help close CATS' $1.29 million budget gap.
The Disaster Recovery money comes from federal grants given to help communities recover from Hurricane Katrina.
"Baton Rouge is now home to many Katrina evacuees who rely on the buses to access their jobs and other basic services," said Pat Forbes, executive director of the Office of Community Development.
Without the funding the transit system would have shut down in October, putting more than 150 bus drivers out of work.
News 2's Chris Nakamoto will have more on the funding situation tonight at 6.