Metro Council votes down CATS rate, route changes
BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members in Baton Rouge voted against proposed rate hikes and route changes meant to close a budget gap and keep the program funded for the rest of the year.
The Council voted 7-to-5 to not approve the changes, which would have cut weekend bus service and increased rates. Council members Scott Wilson, Mike Walker, Joel Boé, Alison Cascio, and Rodney Bourgeois voted against the motion.
An earlier vote to allow the rates and routes changes was 6-to-6. Without a new source of funding, the program would have to close in October.
Low-income riders and advocacy groups had complained the changes would have caused them to lose their jobs.
Ashley Rodrigue will have more details tonight on News 2 at 10.
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