May 24, 2013 10:52 AM
ATLANTA - Authorities say 18 people have been taken to the hospital following a crash between a hotel shuttle bus and a tractor-trailer near Atlanta's airport. Atlanta Fire Rescue Department spokeswoman Janet Ward says the accident happened around 10:30 a.m. Friday. She says it's not immediately clear what caused the... more »
May 15, 2013 5:43 PM
BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement rode alongside a train today, cracking down on drivers who try to beat the train or stop on the tracks.
Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit organization formed to keep the public safe around railroad tracks and crossings, teamed up with East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office... more »
May 6, 2013 5:44 PM
BATON ROUGE - A video obtained by News 2 shows two teen girls fighting while the rest of the students watched, and the bus driver did nothing.
The parents of one of the girls is outraged and said in an email, "I am furious and concerned that our children... more »
May 2, 2013 11:54 AM
NEW ORLEANS - One person died in a wreck involving a charter bus and a car on Interstate 10 in a marshy area of eastern New Orleans, according to authorities. The Thursday morning accident prompted the closure of I-10's westbound lanes. Police have not released details on the accident or... more »
April 30, 2013 9:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - As many as 17 patients from the Rawson Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas were put on buses and sent to Louisiana.
An investigation by the Sacramento Bee found the group was part of more than 1400 given one-way tickets out of town, often fending for... more »
April 22, 2013 6:10 PM
BATON ROUGE- The public transit czar has quit; Brian Marshall resigned from the Capital Area Transit System (CATS) Monday.
Marshall alerted board members that he would be leaving immediately in a 426-word letter. Marshall called the system neglected, but that there have been positive changes.
Marshall said the... more »
April 22, 2013 5:26 PM
BATON ROUGE- The CEO of the Capital Area Transit System (CATS) quit Monday.
Brian Marshall resigned after being at the helm during recent controversial decisions, including a parish-wide tax that increased property rates to fund the struggling system.
Marshall also was in charge when CATS asked the city... more »
April 11, 2013 10:49 AM
IRVING, Texas - State troopers say at least two are dead after a charter bus overturned along a North Texas highway. The crash happened Thursday just east of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Irving. Emergency workers are pulling passengers from emergency exits in the roof. Las Colinas Medical Center in... more »
March 13, 2013 5:43 PM
PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge School leaders have no record of who's driving the buses within the parish, leaving many parents concerned.
Superintendent David Corona said if he wanted or needed those records, they could be made available to him.
"I'm comfortable the organization we contract with... more »
February 27, 2013 6:44 PM
ADDIS - Nearly 200 parents in West Baton Rouge Parish have signed a petition asking the school board to get rid of "First Student," the private bus company outsourced years ago to provide cheaper school transit for the parish.
A video was sent to News 2 that shows dozens... more »
February 25, 2013 11:07 AM
BATON ROUGE - Capital Area Transit System managers are fighting back against a consulting firm's report that recommended the transit system use outsource managers from a transit management firm. The Advocate reports CATS management provided written responses to the CATS board members calling the TMG Consulting firm analysis "useless" and... more »
February 15, 2013 11:37 AM
HOUSTON - Some passengers who fled the disabled Carnival cruise ship Triumph and left Alabama aboard charter buses suffered yet another setback on their way home when one of the buses broke down. Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen says a bus got sidelined Friday on the way to New Orleans after... more »
February 14, 2013 2:56 PM
MARINGOUIN - A driver employed by the Iberville Parish School Board worked overnight at the parish sheriff's office before wrecking a bus with more than dozen students on it this morning, according to the deputies.
The Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office confirmed the bus driver is an overnight dispatcher for... more »
February 14, 2013 9:35 AM
MARINGOUIN - A school bus went into a Maringouin bayou after hitting a house Thursday morning, according to law enforcement.
It happened near LA 76 and Musson Lane around 7:15 a.m.
Maringouin Police said there were 20 students on the bus when the wreck happened, and four were... more »
February 5, 2013 6:21 PM
NEW ROADS - State Police say 38-year-old Jody Harris of Ventress died after colliding with a school bus this morning.
Harris, who investigators said was wearing a seatbelt at the time, drifted into oncoming traffic while rounding a curve on Hwy. 415 near Chenal Rd and hit a bus... more »
February 5, 2013 7:56 AM
NEW ROADS - State Police said a Ventress woman died after a head-on collision with a school bus this morning in Pointe Coupee Parish.
Investigators said heavy fog may have been a factor in the death of Jody T. Harris, 38.
Law enforcement were called to the scene... more »
February 4, 2013 6:28 AM
YUCAIPA, Calif. - The California Highway Patrol says the scene at a tour bus crash is so chaotic that as many as 10 people may have been killed. Officials say right now they've counted eight dead and 38 injured. California Department of Transportation spokeswoman Michelle Profant describes the scene as... more »
February 1, 2013 2:14 PM
MIDLAND CITY, Ala.- Authorities in Alabama are hauling away a school bus they say was the scene of a shooting death and abduction that has led to a tense standoff with police. Authorities say a gunman boarded the stopped bus on Tuesday afternoon, shot the bus driver to death and... more »
February 1, 2013 6:51 AM
BATON ROUGE - The parish bus system's governing board began a series of meetings Thursday to discuss how to move the system forward following a recent report that recommended replacing CATS' top managers with contracted employees from a transit management firm. The Advocate reports some members of the Capital Area... more »
January 16, 2013 5:59 AM
NEW YORK - More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and matrons have gone on strike over job protection. Some 152,000 students, many disabled, have to find other ways to get to school.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott says the strike started at 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Most... more »
January 15, 2013 9:46 PM
BATON ROUGE- Consultants want the bus system to outsource its high-level managers.
TMG Consulting suggested to Capital Area Transit System leaders Tuesday to hire mangers on a contract basis.
The group was quick to defend the plan and said it is not a type of privatization.
The... more »
January 1, 2013 3:34 PM
PENDLETON, Ore. - Survivors of a fatal bus crash on a rural Oregon highway are retrieving their passports and other belongings so they can finish their journey to Canada. State police officers escorted some survivors one-by-one Tuesday to collect their property, which was strewn across a hillside as the tour... more »
December 31, 2012 1:50 PM
PENDLETON, Ore.- A federal agency has sent two investigators to the site of an Eastern Oregon tour bus crash that killed nine people. The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday it would look into the conditions on Interstate 84 and the guardrail the tour bus crashed through Sunday morning. It... more »
December 21, 2012 8:49 AM
BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has agreed to add cameras to 50 buses at a time until they are on all 650 of the school system's buses.
Currently, there are 30 school buses with cameras.
The board voted Thursday 10-0 to expand the camera... more »
December 18, 2012 10:32 AM
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say that when a man was shot in the Treme neighborhood, a stray bullet hit a school bus where flying glass injured a girl. Officer Frank Robinson says the man was shot in the hip and leg Monday afternoon. His injuries are not believed... more »
December 12, 2012 12:00 PM
POINTE COUPEE - An overturned school bus closed a portion of La. 420 in Pointe Coupee Parish for a time this morning.
According to the sheriff's office, only the driver was on board when it wrecked earlier this morning. They had minor injuries, and were taken to a nearby... more »
November 23, 2012 11:32 AM
BATON ROUGE - A fire destroyed a bus maintenance building this morning and spilled oil into the nearby streets, according the Baton Rouge Fire Department.
The building at 7106 Greenwell Springs Road and equipment inside were a total loss, according to Curt Monte with BRFD.
The fire was... more »
November 13, 2012 10:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Capital Area Transit System has a plan it believes will fund the system into the future.
System board of directors reviewed the initial draft of the 2013 budget at a meeting on Tuesday night.
The budget takes into account revenue in 2012, before a... more »
November 9, 2012 8:32 PM
BATON ROUGE- For the first time since voters approved a controversial tax in the spring to fund city public buses, leaders with the Capital Area Transit System will present its full operating budget for 2013.
The budget will include the full tax revenue and could amount to $18 million,... more »
September 26, 2012 5:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Schools are investigating an incident which left a 5-year-old boy locked on a bus by himself.
Demondre Morgan took the bus home from school Thursday, but when his mom went to meet him at the bus stop he never showed up.
... more »
September 22, 2012 1:45 PM
LAUREL, Md. - School officials are investigating after an 11-year-old autistic boy was handcuffed by police officers on a Maryland school bus. The Baltimore Sun reports the boy allegedly bit several people Wednesday afternoon. He was being driven home from Baltimore's Kennedy Krieger Institute, which educates students with severe learning... more »
September 19, 2012 3:07 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The bright red open-top double-decker tour buses seen in New York, London and Paris are now headed for New Orleans. City Sightseeing New Orleans launched its new service Wednesday with an inaugural tour of downtown with tourism and hospitality industry officials. Emily Valentino, the company's general manager,... more »
September 11, 2012 1:01 PM
BAYOU SORREL - Sheriff's deputies in Iberville Parish arrested a man they said hit two children waiting for the bus this morning, then left the scene.
Deputies arrested Mark Tullier, 52, in suspicion of hit and run, as well as driving under suspension, having expired plates and no insurance.... more »
September 3, 2012 3:17 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Pointe Coupee Parish School District will install cameras on each of the district's owner-operated school buses. The school district will spend $22,000 on the equipment. School Superintendent Linda D'Amico says the cameras will give the district an extra tool to monitor and curb any disciplinary problems... more »
August 28, 2012 10:37 AM
BATON ROUGE -The Capital Area Transit system is suspending service ahead of Hurricane Isaac.
CATS will suspend service at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, and buses will not run on Wednesday.
Officials say they expect to resume regular schedule on Thursday, but will reassess when the storm moves through.
August 2, 2012 10:28 AM
BATON ROUGE- School buses will be rolling out Wednesday, for the first day of school in East Baton Rouge Parish.
To find out what bus your student will ride, parents can call a bus hotline starting this week to get student bus route information, times of pick ups and... more »
August 1, 2012 3:23 PM
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney's campaign is finalizing plans for a multistate bus tour to begin late next week. The Republican presidential candidate is expected to visit Virginia, North Carolina and Florida, although the schedule may change in the coming days. Romney returned from a bumpy overseas trip late Tuesday. He... more »
July 18, 2012 3:57 PM
SOFIA, Bulgaria - Israel's Foreign Minister says the deadly bus explosion in Bulgaria that has killed at least six people was caused by a bomb placed on the vehicle. Avigdor Lieberman says he was briefed by his Bulgarian counterpart Wednesday evening. He said seven people died, but Bulgarian authorities have... more »
June 29, 2012 5:31 PM
NEW YORK - Four seventh-grade boys from upstate New York who were caught on video mercilessly taunting a 68-year-old bus monitor have received their punishment. The school system in the Rochester suburb of Greece says it will suspend the middle school students from school and from using regular bus transportation... more »
June 18, 2012 10:45 AM
DES MOINES, Iowa - A group of Roman Catholic nuns have left Des Moines on a two-week bus tour of nine states to protest Republican federal budget proposals that the group believes hurt the poor and vulnerable. The Nuns on the Bus tour left Monday for Ames. It is scheduled... more »
June 7, 2012 2:43 AM
MUNFORDVILLE, Ky. - Officials say dozens have been taken to hospitals after a tour bus carrying students and parents to Washington, D.C., overturned in south-central Kentucky. Kentucky State Police Trooper Jonathan Biven says 55 people, including 34 students, were aboard when the bus crashed Wednesday evening on Kentucky Route 728... more »
June 4, 2012 11:00 AM
BATON ROUGE- New Louisiana school bus drivers will no longer be able to reach the job protection status called tenure, under a bill given final passage Monday. Currently, school bus drivers have a probationary term of three years. If they are not dismissed or found unsatisfactory during that time, they... more »
May 18, 2012 11:43 AM
CHOWCHILLA - A California school bus driver who was hailed as a hero for helping 26 students escape after three kidnappers buried them underground in 1976 has died.
Frank Edward "Ed" Ray was 91. A family member says Ray died Thursday from complications of cirrhosis of the liver. Ray... more »
May 15, 2012 6:12 PM
BATON ROUGE - Start time for students in East Baton Rouge Catholic Schools could be bumped up from 8:30 a.m. to 7:45 next year. It is a compromise the Catholic Diocese and the East Baton Rouge Parish came to because of their 2012-2013 budget crunch.
EBR Schools plans to... more »
May 14, 2012 10:42 PM
BATON ROUGE- Catholic school students may have to get up earlier to catch the bus.
East Baton Rouge Parish School Board President Barbara Freiberg tells News 2 the Diocese of Baton Rouge is requesting the change to help the East Baton Rouge School System save money. The district was... more »
April 19, 2012 11:44 AM
BATON ROUGE - Sides fighting for and against Saturday's 10.6 mills property tax proposed to fund the declining Capital Area Transit System buses joined 2uneIn this morning, but not at the same time.
A debate was planned to feature representatives of Taxbusters and CATS during the same interview but... more »
April 17, 2012 6:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - You practically have to shut your eyes to avoid a sign about the tax intendend to keep the Capital Area Transit System running.
CATS says it needs $2 million to fill a deficit. On Saturday voters will decide whether to approve or deny a tax that... more »
April 15, 2012 8:01 PM
BATON ROUGE- Next Saturday's election is decision day for public transit. One man tells News 2 it will affect where he goes to worship.
Richard McClorin says he hasn't had a car in years and hasn't missed it because the bus takes him where he needs to go.
... more »
March 29, 2012 7:07 AM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council as a whole took no position on whether to support a 10.6-mill property tax to revamp the parish bus system, voting instead to delete the item after a lengthy public hearing and debate. Councilwoman Denise Marcelle had asked the council... more »
March 26, 2012 7:14 AM
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies have arrested a 61-year-old Woodlawn High School bus driver for allegedly persuading an 18-year-old female mentally disabled student who rode his bus to perform a sex act. Donald Bordelon of Zachary was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Friday on counts of aggravated rape.... more »
March 22, 2012 10:15 PM
CENTRAL-- A bus driver is accused of taping the mouths of six students shut.
A spokeswoman for First Student, the company in charge of bus service in Central, told News 2 surveillance video shows students of Central Intermediate School being loud, even rowdy.
The driver told the students... more »
March 14, 2012 5:02 PM
BATON ROUGE - Nearly 650 students at St. George Catholic School in Baton Rouge had to find a different way to get to school Wednesday.
The East Baton Rouge Parish School System buses they normally ride to get to class never ran Wednesday morning.
That's because school system... more »
March 12, 2012 11:51 AM
QUINCY, WA. - The Washington State Patrol says about a dozen children were hurt, 3 seriously, in a school bus rollover accident near Quincy.
The bus veered off Highway 281 just south of Quincy, which is about 120 miles east of Seattle.
Students with serious injuries were airlifted... more »
February 7, 2012 1:53 PM
SHREVEPORT, LA - A dozen students in Caddo Parish students are now charged in connection with a brawl on a Shreveport school bus Monday afternoon.
The bus driver told police the fight broke out on the bus ride home from Hamilton Terrace Learning Center.
Police say the driver... more »
January 19, 2012 3:22 PM
An accident involving a school bus has shut down the I-10 eastbound on-ramp at Washington Street at this hour.
Details are sketchy right now, but preliminary reports show that the driver lost control and hit the guard rail.
There are no reports of any injuries at this time.... more »
January 10, 2012 8:21 AM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The family of a Florida A&M band member who died after a hazing ritual last November will sue the company that owns the bus where it took place. Robert Champion's parents and their attorney told The Associated Press the bus company's negligence contributed to his death.... more »
December 25, 2011 11:52 AM
BEIJING (AP) - At least six people have been killed in the latest crash involving students in China when their overloaded van plunged off a mountain road in Yunnan province. The official Xinhua News Agency says that an overloaded van taking students home crashed into a 195-foot deep valley in... more »
December 21, 2011 8:22 AM
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish's public transit board says that if it doesn't find more financing, buses will stop rolling next summer.
The Advocate reports that the CATS 2012 operating budget of $9.5 million only covers half the year. Board members pledged to try to find more... more »
December 19, 2011 1:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - A crash involving a school bus injured two students Monday morning on O'Neal lane.
According to the EBR Sheriff's Office, one child was taken to the hospital with a neck injury and another with minor injuries, left with a parent.
Authorities say an SUV hit... more »
November 30, 2011 10:57 AM
BATON ROUGE - The frequently cash-strapped bus system for East Baton Rouge Parish does not anticipate finding a revenue source to fill its projected $2.1 million budget gap next year.
Capital Area Transit System board member Jared Loftus told the East Baton Rouge Metro Council Tuesday night they will... more »
November 7, 2011 10:12 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System reached out to the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council Monday to talk numbers.
The bus system wants to discuss with members, "the CATS budget realities for 2012."
The proposed budget leaves the system's bottom line at almost $3 million. It... more »
October 28, 2011 1:12 PM
BATON ROUGE - An enraged high school student inadvertently injured herself this morning after hitting her bus driver in the back of the head causing the driver to slam on the breaks and throw the high schooler into the bus' windshield, smashing it in the process.
East Baton Rouge... more »
September 26, 2011 10:34 PM
BATON ROUGE- After spending the summer tweaking a controversial busing plan for students in East Baton Rouge Parish, no one's sure if it's working.
Parents complained budget cuts would send more students to a controversial transfer point on North Sherwood Forest. The district compromised by creating collection points. That... more »
September 10, 2011 9:44 AM
THIBODAUX, La.- The mayor of Thibodaux says expanded bus service should be available in the city before the end of the month.
The City Council last year approved a two-year agreement with Good Earth Transit to expand service that is now provided at only two stops - Nicholls State... more »
August 25, 2011 6:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - The process of installing cameras on East Baton Rouge school buses is about to begin, but the school district isn't footing the bill.
The school board recently approved a measure to put the cameras on 35 of the district's 600 buses, at a cost of $7,000... more »
August 15, 2011 8:20 AM
LIVINGSTON PARISH - A school bus accident this morning on South Satsuma Road in Livingston Parish caused some traffic but little else.
Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Perry Rushing says the school bus drove into a ditch with eight children on board.
None of the children required medical... more »
August 9, 2011 10:17 PM
BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is beefing up security at its school bus transfer point this year.
The site is near the intersection of Choctaw and North Sherwood Forest. It's where children switch from the buses that pick them up in their neighborhoods, to the... more »
July 25, 2011 11:13 AM
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.
... more »
July 18, 2011 10:54 PM
BATON ROUGE- Threats of breaking off and creating a new school district in Baton Rouge forced change to the system's busing plan.
Monday night, the district revealed a transportation plan for gifted and talented students that was a compromise between the district and parents.
Those parents started complaining... more »
July 5, 2011 3:10 AM
BATON ROUGE- A commuter bus service between Baton Rouge and New Orleans has been extended for another year. The state says LA Swift received a $3 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The service will be funded by the grant and a passenger charge of $5 each way. The... more »
June 17, 2011 3:03 PM
SLIDELL, La. - Police say a Slidell woman was struck and killed by a bus after she walked onto a road during an argument with her sister.
Investigators suspect 29-year-old Lucia Chirico had been drinking alcohol before she stepped in the path of a charter bus on Interstate 12... more »
June 13, 2011 6:09 AM
BATON ROUGE- The CEO of the East Baton Rouge Parish bus system says he's "very confident" that enough money will be found to ensure the Capital Area Transit System gets through the remainder of the year without having to shut down. Brian Marshall tells The Advocate money provided by an... more »
June 2, 2011 11:24 AM
BATON ROUGE - A commission put together to find public transit solutions in Baton Rouge gave their recommendations to local leaders today.
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Together Baton Rouge gave a presentation to city stakeholders this morning on suggestions to improve public transportation.
The commission was... more »
May 19, 2011 10:42 PM
BATON ROUGE- There's a truce over budgets and bus routes for some parents in South Baton Rouge, but they still want more.
The school district faces a $39 million budget deficit. Last month, the school board voted to save $850,000 by cutting dozens of direct bus routes for gifted... more »
April 15, 2011 10:24 PM
BATON ROUGE- An East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member says policies for the district's school bus transfer point need to be reviewed after a 5th grader was caught with a loaded gun there Friday morning.
"I would hope that the school system, the board and the administration would... more »
February 26, 2011 5:28 PM
NEW ORLEANS- An Orleans Parish sheriff's deputy has been booked with aggravated assault for allegedly boarding a school bus and brandishing a gun at her 16-year-old son.
Police spokeswoman Shereese Harper said the deputy was in uniform when she boarded the bus Thursday morning. When she got off the... more »
February 25, 2011 9:08 AM
Baton Rouge - An East Baton Rouge Parish school bus was involved in an accident this morning, but thankfully, no children were hurt.
As you can see from the pictures a small car hit the back of the bus on Burbank Avenue near Bluebonnet Avenue.
Then a SVU... more »
January 17, 2011 5:26 PM
BATON ROUGE - People who normally take the bus may be left at the station if CATS doesn't come up with a new plan to fill a $1 million budget hole.
The Capitol Area Transit Board meets Tuesday to discuss a new plan to give to Metro Council next... more »
January 14, 2011 6:56 PM
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police say a 5-year-old boy fell from a moving school bus when the driver apparently forgot to close doors he had opened so he could see down railroad tracks. Sgt. Donald Stone says the boy suffered minor injuries. He says an off-duty firefighter who was... more »
January 5, 2011 9:46 PM
Route changes and fare increases were approved Wednesday night by the Baton Rouge transit system.
It'll cost more to ride and CATS buses won't roll on weekends or holidays. Regular fares will go up a quarter to $2-a-ride, and a number of routes will be cut. The system is... more »
December 17, 2010 3:43 PM
BATON ROUGE- A new type of camera could soon be keeping an eye on how you drive around school buses.
The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board approved a measure to look for a company that would install specialized cameras on school buses. The cameras would snap pictures of... more »
December 3, 2010 10:43 AM
PORT BARRE - Louisiana State Police say a tractor-trailer smashed into the back of a school bus driven by a local mayor after he stopped to pick up children, injuring 21 kids. Three of the children were hurt critically in Friday's wreck. The kids on board ranged in age from... more »
October 28, 2010 4:39 PM
A 14-year-old Baton Rouge student faces assault charges after a bus driver said he got on the wrong bus this afternoon and then threatened her.
Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office were called by the bus driver around 3:15 p.m., and were told a male student who... more »
September 29, 2010 6:47 AM
Louisiana State Police are investigating a school bus-truck accident that killed a Texas man and injured two children on the bus. The accident occurred around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday on La. Highway 28 east of Leesville. Investigators say a pickup driven by Jimmy D. Pollock of Newton, Texas, ran into the... more »
September 11, 2010 10:24 AM
A double-decker bus traveling off its route hit a low railroad bridge overhead and flipped on its side early Saturday, killing four people and critically injuring others, authorities said. The Megabus was carrying more than two dozen people when it rammed into the bridge around 2:30 a.m. on the Onondaga... more »