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  • Bus system chief in line for 19 percent pay raise

    April 17, 2015 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The director of the Capital Area Transit System, Bob Mirabito, is in line for a 19 percent pay raise, which, if approved, would make him one of the highest-paid public officials working in East Baton Rouge Parish. Mirabito, who has been the CEO of transit system for... more »
  • CATS workers protest broken buses, broken promises check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 5, 2015 7:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Capital Area Transit System workers gathered to protest at the CATS terminal on Florida Boulevard and raise concerns over bus maintenance and safety. "We have a lot of buses that aren't safe on the road," Driver's Union President Naomi Guy told News 2's Rebecca Buchanan on... more »
  • CATS says they're making good on 2-year-old promises check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 11, 2014 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Capital Area Transit System claims they are finally making good on promises made two years ago. Voters approved raising $10 million, hoping for big changes from the cash strapped bus system. They were promised shorter wait times, express lines to the airport and universities, new... more »
  • CATS Touchdown Express rolls again, with changes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 29, 2014 9:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - CATS Touchdown Express will roll again for LSU home football games but with several changes due to new gameday traffic rules. Capital Area Transit System buses will bring Tigers fans to Death Valley from several locations including Hollywood Casino, Hotel Indigo, Florida and I-10 underpass and... more »
  • CATS gearing for new look Sunday check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Metro Council member to propose dissolving CATS

    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 »
  • CATS $16 million property tax repeal gaining steam check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 22, 2013 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People are demanding a repeal of the tax that funds the public transit system in the wake of recent controversies "Instead of making Baton Rouge look like the next great city, it's making clear that there are some very corrupt people," conservative activist Woody Jenkins said.... more »
  • CATS workers took bus to Hornets game, violated federal rules check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 20, 2013 10:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Capital Area Transit System employees hitched a ride in a company bus to New Orleans, and the system's in trouble with the federal government. At Tuesday night's CATS Board of Directors meeting, newly appointed CEO Bob Mirabito advised the company is not in compliance with the... more »
  • CATS former CFO kept $12,000 of company cash for nearly a year Play Video

    August 19, 2013 10:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hours after Capital Area Transit System CFO, Gary Owens, resigned, it was revealed he kept thousands of dollars of cash in a safe for months and did not deposit the money. "I told him in July he must deposit that money," CATS CEO Bob Mirabito said. "It... more »
  • City leaders call for investigations, answers into missing bus money check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 24, 2013 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A closer look into the Capital Area Transit System reveals neglect of an ongoing problem. The fareboxes some blame for three-and-a-half years worth of lost money were bought and put to use seven years ago. According to CATS administrators, the software hasn't been updated since then.... more »
  • News 2 Investigators: other cities don't have trouble with their bus system Play Video

    July 23, 2013 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The scandal that has the Capital Area Transit System searching for missing money keeps rolling along. "We've had these reconciling differences since we had the fareboxes," CATS CFO Gary Owens said. What he calls 'reconciling differences' adds up to more than $100,000 missing over a three-and-a-half... more »
  • New CATS CEO not an LSU fan check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 24, 2013 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Newly-appointed Capital Area Transit System CEO Bob Mirabito said he's ready to take on tough criticism, polarizing opinions and past-due deadlines. But he's not ready to fully root on the Tigers just yet. A Notre Dame alum and civil engineer with a Masters in Business... more »
  • CATS call consultant's report worthless

    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 »
  • CATS looks at next budget Play Video

    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 »
  • Taxbusters, GOP leaders not surprised by CATS report Play Video

    October 17, 2012 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Opponents of April's Capital Area Transit System tax increase say they are not surprised by recent controversy. An article in The Advocate cites the CATS chief financial officer as saying some pre-election promises will not be met. Most deal with the number of routes the bus system... more »
  • Both sides of CATS property tax debate speak check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Commission to discuss CATS tax proposal

    February 16, 2012 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Bond Commission will discuss the Capital Area Transit System's proposed 10.6-mill property tax during a meeting Thursday. The tax would generate around $18.4 million from property owners inside Baton Rouge, Baker and Zachary. In October 2010, voters rejected a 3.5-mill property tax for CATS,... more »
  • Holden: More money found to keep CATS rolling

    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 »
  • CATS and NxGen hope to save capital bus system

    January 11, 2011 5:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new mass transit advocacy group hopes to "raise awareness" in order to the increase the number of bus riders in the capital area. NxGen Mass Transit formed from local business and community leaders. Through public forums and social media, the groups plans to get the... more »
  • CATS bus cuts outrage riders

    December 20, 2010 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- After the Capital Area Transit System's recent announcement of a $1.2 million budget shortfall for 2011, many bus riders are livid with the system's plan to balance the books. Monday, CATS detailed the ways they will keep the company out of the red. The plan calls to... more »
  • CATS to hold public meeting about route and schedule changes

    October 30, 2009 4:46 PM

    The Capital Area Transit System will hold a public hearing to receive public input and decide on changes in routes and schedules. The changes would take effect on Sunday, November 29, 2009. The public hearing will also address a fare increase for paratransit services from $1.00 per trip to $1.75... more »

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