Posted: Sep 13, 2013 2:37 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Sep 13, 2013 2:37 PM
BATON ROUGE- The man in charge of the often controversial and scandal-plagued bus system is firing at critics who want to make "flamboyant" changes to the Capital Area Transit System.
Bob Mirabito wrote what he calls an "open letter to the public" about the state of mass transit in the city. In 681 words, Mirabito argues against privatization and asks for time to get the bus system back on track.
"Allow me and my team to finish what we have started," he writes. "Our solution builds on what we have, while adding resources to deliver the system Baton Rouge deserves. I want to continue building a system where people will be held accountable for their actions."
"I believe this system can survive. I would like your support in improving CATS and making it a system that makes us all proud."
Recently, Mirabito announced for years before he was made CEO, the system was losing fare money. As much as $100,000 or more vanished and there is an investigation into what happened to the money. Also, a board member is accused of stealing money and paying private bills.
The Baton Rouge Metro Council has asked members of the board to resign.