August 18, 2014 10:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - A newly-released audit provided even more light on the public bus system's mismanaged record keeping.
Auditors reviewed records from 2013 and found Capital Area Transit System money was overspent and not recorded properly. The findings are in addition to previous reports about serious issues with how... more »
July 26, 2014 6:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - Three months after Baton Rouge's bus system expanded service and added routes, ridership is up though the agency continues to adjust service. A challenge remaining is locating a transfer hub to replace one at the Mall of Louisiana. Mall owners have told officials of the Capital Area... more »
July 5, 2014 11:32 AM
MONROE, La. - Officials are warning that a new state law could cause a big increase in school bus costs and travel times across Louisiana. The law, which takes effect in August, prohibits bus drivers from picking up or dropping off students in locations where they would have to cross... more »
June 25, 2014 7:23 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved a request by Mayor-President Kip Holden to use $10,000 for purchasing bus tickets to give to homeless people to send them out of town.
The money would be given to the HOPE, or Homeless Outreach Prevention Efforts, organization for its "Clean Sweep" operation. The... more »
June 21, 2014 10:54 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. - Dreams of a streetcar serving the Nicholson Drive corridor that connects downtown Baton Rouge to LSU may take years to become reality, but the Capital Area Transit System is stepping up with a plan to fill the void. The parish bus system has decided to dedicate... more »
June 19, 2014 5:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - To celebrate National "Dump the Pump" Day Thursday, people in the Baton Rouge area got the chance to ride CATS buses for free.
The special day is an effort associated with the American Public Transportation Association to encourage people to save money by riding public transportation.... more »
May 5, 2014 4:09 PM
MIDFIELD, Ala. - A Jackson State University bus on its way to a baseball game caught fire Monday, destroying the bus but injuring none of the people on board according to the university.
A statement from JSU said the bus was taking the baseball team to a game at... more »
May 2, 2014 4:41 PM
BATON ROUGE - A 12-year-old student, accused of firing multiple shots at a school bus Friday afternoon was apprehended and put in juvenile detention.
The shooting happened in the 1000 block of Jonah Street. Police said the 12-year-old had a fight with another student, went into a home and... more »
April 26, 2014 10:39 AM
BATON ROUGE - Transit authorities in Baton Rouge say new bus hubs that allowed system managers to create more direct routes for riders and shorten wait times for buses may have to be reconfigured after problems emerged. Just weeks into the system-wide route changes, traffic is congesting at a downtown... more »
March 27, 2014 1:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Capital Area Transit System will roll out new buses, routes and a mobile tracking app Sunday.
CATS will introduce ten new bus routes that operate out of five hubs. The transit system also added 300 new bus stop signs and removed more than 500 stops.... more »
March 27, 2014 9:43 AM
BATON ROUGE - CATS Director Bob Mirabito sat down with Whitney Vann on Thursday to talk about upcoming changes to the bus system in Baton Rouge.
CATS will roll our new routes and schedules this weekend. The bus tracking app is also expected to be up-and-running. The changes are... more »
March 26, 2014 3:17 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System has announced it will be making major changes to its bus route system at the end of the month.
On March 30, CATS buses will be using a new system, that will include five transit hubs to improve efficiency and shorten ride... more »
March 24, 2014 8:48 AM
BATON ROUGE - Police are investigating an accident Monday morning involving a school bus and dump truck.
The accident happened this morning at the intersection of Airway Dr. and Choctaw Dr. According to EMS, the bus was rear-ended by the dump truck. The bus driver and two students were... more »
March 7, 2014 2:20 PM
NEW ROADS- The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board has suspended a school bus driver for six months without pay and stripped him of his tenure rights for leaving a 5-year-old student on his bus for several hours three months ago. The board voted Thursday to suspend Roger Dixon, who has... more »
February 25, 2014 11:55 PM
LAFAYETTE- The bus driver who was involved in a deadly crash is not driving a bus, but recounting the events of two weekends ago when her bus was slammed by a vehicle, killing four people.
"Out of nowhere, this vehicle appeared. I saw it, it was sideways," Amy Dore... more »
February 24, 2014 11:40 AM
BATON ROUGE - A report from the Legislative Auditor shows the Baton Rouge bus system failed to collect and deposit money from fares and paid employees for time they did not work.
The discrepancies came over an 18 month period starting in 2012. During that time, the report says... more »
January 21, 2014 10:29 PM
BATON ROUGE- School leaders are planning extra security at school bus transfer sites since kids are playing the "knockout game" while they wait for the bus.
The violent game involves randomly punching someone else, and it has happened at the transfer location on Sherwood Forest.
One student could... more »
December 19, 2013 10:12 PM
BATON ROUGE - People are protesting the controversial CATS property tax passed last year by having their taxes saved instead of being given to the bus system.
"People need to take a stand and not just take it," protestor Danny Johnson said.
A lawsuit over the constitutionality of... more »
November 13, 2013 11:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- Federal transit overseers decided the Capital Area Transit System did not break the rules and will not have to repay federal grant money for bizarre chartered trips.
Buses were used for non-transit trips 32 times. One was to a basketball game in New Orleans.
The feds... more »
October 23, 2013 10:26 PM
BATON ROUGE- Bus routes will be changing in a few months since the Metro Council approved a measure Wednesday night.
Ten routes will be added and it is expected to shorten trip times. The changes will be made in March.
New routes and better times were promised since... more »
October 16, 2013 4:12 PM
KINDER- Multiple injuries have been reported after a charter bus crashed in Jefferson Davis Parish.
Photos from the scene show a truck and bus collided. The crash happened Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 165 and Highway 101. That is just north of I-10 and south of Kinder.... more »
September 23, 2013 10:43 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System is meeting with people in the community and talking about proposed changes to bus routes.
CATS will add routes and change existing ones as part of its promise when a tax was approved by voters to dedicate money to the system.
... more »
September 17, 2013 10:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - CATS leaders are addressing an issue that has been neglected for years.
For five years when a rider puts a newer $5 bill in the farebox, it often did not get collected. The software is not compatible with the redesigned money.
"Typically what would happen... more »
September 14, 2013 2:06 PM
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Authorities say a Greyhound bus left the highway, flipped and landed on its side in a cornfield in southwestern Ohio, injuring 34 people. None of the injuries appear to be life threatening Officials with the Butler County Emergency Operations Center say in a statement the bus,... more »
September 10, 2013 11:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- An accused rapist from Dallas was questioned overnight at the Violent Crimes Unit in Baton Rouge.
Dallas Police said Van Draylan Dixson is suspected of nine rape cases in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. Dixon's DNA connects him to four of those rapes so far. He fled Texas... more »
September 10, 2013 1:33 PM
BATON ROUGE - Another member of the Capital Area Transit System's board resigned down today, but said he'll continue to serve until a replacement for his position is found.
Ryan Heck submitted his resignation Tuesday, and told News 2 it is effective Oct. 1.
However, Heck said he... more »
September 6, 2013 4:22 PM
BATON ROUGE- A planned discussion among city leaders to dissolve the Capital Area Transit System has been canceled.
Councilman John Delgado, who made the request for an upcoming Baton Rouge Metro Council meeting, pulled it. He said he wants more time to "fully vet the resolution with the members."... more »
September 4, 2013 6:21 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Baton Rouge bus company could face some big fines from the feds.
Documents obtained by News 2 show the Capital Area Transit System chartered buses improperly.
The documents show under previous management there was incomplete paperwork justifying the use of CATS vehicles. CATS is allowed... more »
September 2, 2013 9:02 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System is looking for suggestions as the system plans a new set of routes for 2014.
Eight routes could be added and changes may be made to existing ones.
Bus riders have ideas of their own.
"Baton Rouge is growing so... more »
August 26, 2013 12:18 PM
BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Metro Council member will propose privatizing the Capital Area Transit System at an upcoming meeting, News 2 has learned.
Councilman John Delgado told News 2 he's authored a resolution to dissolve the system, which will go before the council on Sept. 11.... more »
August 22, 2013 3:55 PM
WHITE CASTLE - Sheriff's deputies said no one was hurt after a bus crash in Iberville Parish this afternoon.
Deputies said it happened around 3:40 on LA 1 south of Plaquemine near Random Oaks.
Witnesses said the bus ran off the road and into a ditch in that... more »
August 21, 2013 1:56 PM
BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. - A school bus has overturned in northeast Kansas and some children have been injured. The accident occurred Wednesday afternoon in Bonner Springs. A spokeswoman for Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., says the hospital was preparing to receive at least eight children. Television images showed... more »
August 14, 2013 10:41 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders now require leaders overseeing the Capital Area Transit System to know something about public transit.
The metro council approved setting tougher standards for members of the CATS board, which has been under fire for its handling of recent scandals.
Accountants found irregularities in bus... more »
August 14, 2013 10:22 AM
CENTRAL- Parents in Central and Zachary say they're experiencing problems with the FIRST Student bus system.
One Central parent told News 2 her child arrived home after 5 p.m. Tuesday.
News 2's Adrian Pittman gets answers from the school system tonight on News 2 at 4. more »
August 13, 2013 11:16 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Touchdown Express, a Capital Area Transit System service that shuttles LSU football fans from downtown Baton Rouge to Tiger Stadium on game days, will return for a fourth year. Bob Mirabito, interim CATS CEO, told the Downtown Development District Commission Tuesday the will now cost $10... more »
August 6, 2013 10:46 PM
BATON ROUGE- The website for the public transit system here is not working because of snafu over passwords and credentials.
The site's contract expired recently, and the worker who set up the payment and authentication systems died. Some of the information needed to renew the contract are not known,... more »
August 6, 2013 4:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of buses will hit the roads in East Baton Rouge Parish next week when school begins in Louisiana.
Gary Reese, the director of transportation for East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, said before their bus drivers got behind the wheel they first had to go through... more »
August 2, 2013 10:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - One city is footing the bill for its homeless to take one way trips to places like Los Angeles and Tulsa.
The Way Home program started through private funding and gave 75 vagrants tickets out of town.
But recently, Baton Rouge Metro Council gave the... more »
July 26, 2013 6:02 PM
NEW ROADS- John Cline, a Pointe Coupee Justice of the Peace, who also drives school buses for the parish, was sentenced to 30 days in jail alongside a five year suspended sentence for stealing from a Livonia grocery store in 2011.
Cline's attorney filed an appeal immediately after the... more »
July 26, 2013 12:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - State transportation officials today announced that the LA Swift bus service will stop operations next week.
The Department of Transportation and Development said they could not secure local funding to keep paying for the service, which was put in place after Hurricane Katrina to move affected... more »
July 26, 2013 12:47 PM
BATON ROUGE - The CEO of Baton Rouge's embattled transit system said today he hopes things will move forward after the recent resignation of CATS board chair Isaiah Marshall.
Marshall resigned last night amid concerns about thousands of dollars missing from the bus system and accusations another board member,... more »
July 25, 2013 10:32 PM
BATON ROUGE- The leader of the Capital Area Transit System board resigned late Thursday after intense questions about missing money and allegations that a board member used bus system money to pay bills.
Here's the email Isaiah Marshall sent, leaving his post:
As many of you know, CATS... more »
July 25, 2013 10:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System Board Chairman resigned Thursday, calling media coverage about a series of controversial funding events "unfortunate."
The system can not find more than $100,000 in fare funds. In at least three years computers on buses suggest there should be more money than what... more »
July 19, 2013 11:32 AM
BATON ROUGE - Supporters of LA Swift have cobbled together a proposal that would keep the commuter bus service running between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The plan was submitted to the Federal Transit Administration this week and provided to The Associated Press by the state Department of Transportation and... more »
June 25, 2013 10:50 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Capital Area Transit System confirmed today they're adding a new route directly to Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge.
The closest stop for the bus system before now was at Siegen Lane and Industriplex Blvd., about a 45 minute walk away from the hospital.
"I... more »
June 20, 2013 12:11 PM
BATON ROUGE - LA Swift, a bus service between Baton Rouge and New Orleans will be extended by a month until July 31. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development made the announcement today. The extra month is to allow local groups to put together a plan to take over... more »
June 4, 2013 10:43 PM
BATON ROUGE- State Police said a blown tire is responsible for an interstate shutdown that struck the curiosity of passing drivers and added to a nightmare commute home for thousands of people Tuesday evening.
Around 4 p.m., a tour bus belonging to the band "Inner Circle" crashed. When the... more »
June 4, 2013 6:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - State Police closed a portion of I-10 East past Highland this evening to recove a tour bus which wrecked into the median.
The crash earlier this afternoon caused heavy congestion on I-10 East for hours during the afternoon rush.
The bus belongs to "Inner Circle",... more »
May 29, 2013 3:25 PM
BATON ROUGE - A search committee recommended a former telecommunications vice president today to head the Capital Area Transit System in East Baton Rouge Parish.
The committee chose Robert Mirabito after interviews with him and the runner-up for the position, John Conroy. The recommendation will go before the full... more »
May 26, 2013 10:12 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. - Applications have been received from 10 people seeking the temporary position to lead the Capital Area Transit System. The Advocate reports the group includes former employees of the system, known as CATS, a former Baton Rouge mayoral candidate and the former general manager of the New... more »
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 »