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  • Minor league baseball team urges fans to bring cats to the game

    July 8, 2016 12:21 PM

    LAKEWOOD, N.J. - A minor league baseball team in New Jersey affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies is so confident that furballs and flyballs go together that they are inviting fans to bring their cats to this weekend's game. Saturday is CATurday when the BlueClaws play the West Virginia Power... more »
  • CATS prepared to adjust routes should traffic accompany protests

    July 7, 2016 2:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Capital Area Transit System (CATS) says it will be monitoring the volume and flow of traffic in the area of vigils and protests for recently slain Alton Sterling over the coming days. Peaceful gatherings are planned throughout the city, and CATS intends to stay ahead... more »
  • New law will crack down on puppy mill sales

    June 23, 2016 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed a bill into law that will crack down on pet stores that acquire dogs from puppy mills. The new law will prohibit pet stores in Louisiana from acquiring dogs and cats from breeders with documented Animal Welfare Act violations within... more »
  • Woman tries to run over man with child in back seat, hits CATS bus

    June 17, 2016 11:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman is in Baton Rouge Police custody on Friday after investigators said she tried to run a man over with her car before crashing into a CATS bus with her eight-month-old child in the back seat. Niesha Wiggins, 20, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault,... more »
  • 98 dogs, 3 cats removed from Detroit-area home

    June 16, 2016 10:58 AM

    COTTRELLVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Officials say 98 dogs and three cats have been removed from a Detroit-area house following complaints about the smell and noise. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon said Thursday that the animals taken out by Animal Control officers or turned over by the homeowners. ... more »
  • Pet store record-keeping measure sent to governor's desk

    June 3, 2016 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana pet owners could have a better idea where their dogs and cats were bred, under a bill headed to the governor's desk. With a 30-1 vote Friday, the Senate gave final passage to the House-backed proposal to regulate pet store sales from Sen. Danny Martiny, a... more »
  • Veteran denied ride on CATS bus because of service dog Play Video

    June 1, 2016 9:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An Iraq War veteran says a CATS bus driver wouldn't let him on the bus because of his service dog. "Operators said 'No, no...He ain't coming on," Darren Nickols told News 2's Brett Buffington . Nickols got to Baton Rouge via a Greyhound bus before... more »
  • Bill to require pet store record-keeping nears final passage

    May 23, 2016 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People buying dogs and cats in Louisiana pet stores often don't know where the animals were bred. A state senator is attempting to change that, with a bill nearing final passage to require pet store record-keeping. The proposal from Sen. Danny Martiny, a Kenner Republican,... more »
  • Baton Rouge board debates marketing strategy for bus system

    May 18, 2016 8:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - As the Baton Rouge bus system tries to decide its long-term marketing strategy, leaders have moved into a holding pattern. In September, the Capital Area Transit System hired public relations firm Covalent Logic on a one-year contract for $50,000. The company has created updated maps, logos, brochures... more »
  • CATS to get Medicaid money Play Video

    May 12, 2016 7:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- CATS bus system has entered a contract with the state health department to be reimbursed for a handful of Medicaid riders. CATS will get $20 every time it provides at-home pickups for qualifying patients. The reimbursements will bring in almost half a million dollars a year... more »
  • Car owners frustrated after CATS bus totals their car Play Video

    April 29, 2016 11:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A couple from Baton Rouge is frustrated tonight after their car was involved in a crash with a CATS bus. The CATS bus totaled the Charlats' Toyota, just before it hit a home in Baton Rouge two weeks ago. Now the Charlats say CATS is taking the... more »
  • CATS bus that crashed into home was in violation of state law Play Video

    April 20, 2016 4:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A maintenance history for the CATS bus that was involved in a crash last week involving a house reveals a slew of issues. The maintenance report dates from Mar. 15 to Apr. 11 for the bus, Bus 130. Issues that were continuously reported include the the check... more »
  • CATS meeting addresses safety in public meeting after Thursday crash Play Video

    April 17, 2016 9:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Capital Area Transit System hosted a public meeting Monday morning to discuss concerns safety issues with the union representing local bus drivers. The meeting with the CATS Board of Directors, requested by the Amalgamated Transit Union, comes after three people were hurt when a bus... more »
  • CATS to hold public meeting on bus crash

    April 15, 2016 7:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Capital Area Transit System will hold a public meeting Monday to discuss safety issues in the wake of Thursday's bus crash. That crash sent three people to the hospital after a city bus hit a SUV and then crashed into a house near the intersection of Acadian Thruway... more »
  • Councilman: CATS knew about issue before bus hit house Play Video

    April 14, 2016 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Authorities responded to an accident where a CATS bus struck a house Thursday morning, that authorities say could have been caused by mechanical problems. Thursday night, Metro Councilman John Delgado questioned whether that bus should have been on the road at all. According to Baton Rouge Police,... more »
  • Search for permanent CATS CEO begins

    April 8, 2016 2:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The CATS board accepted Bob Mirabito's resignation and named his interim replacement at a special meeting Friday afternoon. William "Bill" Deville, who has more than 30 years of transit management experience and has been with CATS since December 2013. Deville started as the Chief Operation... more »
  • CATS to hold town hall meeting on Friday

    April 8, 2016 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Capitol Area Transit System (CATS) will hold a town hall meeting on Friday night. The meeting is for concerned community leaders and citizens to discuss safety and other issues surrounding the CATS System. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King Community... more »
  • CATS CEO quits Tuesday; read his resignation here Play Video

    April 5, 2016 7:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Bob Mirabito, the often-criticized chief of the city's public transit system has resigned. Mirabito wrote to the Capital Area Transit System board, he will leave his post as CEO on May 6. Mirabito said he will return to the private sector where he is "most comfortable."... more »
  • CATS to offer texting bus updates for non smartphone riders

    February 10, 2016 11:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE – CATS riders who do not have smartphones will soon have a new option to see when to catch the next bus. The Capital Area Transit System announced a new text message option for riders Wednesday. The new text system will allow riders to text their... more »
  • Some CATS bus stops canceled for weekend parades

    February 5, 2016 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mardi Gras festivities in Baton Rouge may affect some CATS riders this weekend. On Friday, the Krewe of Southdowns Parade will roll, affecting riders on sections of the Garden District and LSU Cortana Mall bus lines. Multiple bus stops on Lee Drive as well as stops... more »
  • Grant money would help Denham Springs Animal Shelter Play Video

    December 23, 2015 5:32 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A $50,000 grant would go a long way for repairs at the Denham Springs Animal Shelter. City leaders plan to apply for the state grant in the coming weeks. Right now, the no-kill shelter relies heavily on donations and grants to get by each day. Every penny... more »
  • Baton Rouge bus drivers to get pay raise next year

    December 11, 2015 7:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System's bus operators are on track to receive pay raises next year as part of a newly negotiated agreement between CATS and its employees' union. Trainees will earn $14 an hour when they are starting out, and their salaries will increase to $15 an... more »
  • Baton Rouge transit customers 17 and younger to ride free

    November 19, 2015 4:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System's Board of Commissioners has approved a pilot program that allows customers 17-years-old and younger to ride free in the month of December. Reports the agency hopes to encourage the use of public transit as customers get older. The one-month trial will allow CATS... more »
  • CATS offering free rides for young passengers in December

    November 18, 2015 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Capital Area Transit System announced Wednesday that passengers aged 17 or younger will be able to ride CATS for free in December. To get the free bus rides, younger passengers will have to provide identification proving they meet the age requirement. CATS said bus drivers... more »
  • Judge rejects bid to block buses parked at Old State Capitol

    November 18, 2015 10:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A state judge has ruled the Capital Area Transit System can continue to park its buses in front of the Old State Capitol. Judge Michael Caldwell on Tuesday rejected a state agency's request for a court order to stop them from blocking the property. Secretary of State... more »
  • With Metro Council approval, CATS to cut two routes in December

    November 10, 2015 11:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Changes to CATS routes will start December 6th, and that will include the elimination of two following a vote by Metro Council Tuesday. The bus company asked city leaders to let them cut the under performing routes: O’Neal Park and Ride and the Downtown to Mall... more »
  • Donations sought after 40 animals taken from hoarders

    October 13, 2015 1:32 PM

    BOGALUSA, La. - Sheriff's deputies arrested a Washington Parish couple for cruelty to animals recently and seized more than 40 neglected cats and dogs from their home in Bogalusa, according to the Humane Society of Louisiana. HSL Director Jeff Dorson said deputies arrested Terri Turner and her daughter, Frannie... more »
  • CATS Touchdown Express will not run for LSU/South Carolina game

    October 7, 2015 2:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Capital Area Transit System announced they will not be providing Touchdown Express bus service for the LSU vs. South Carolina game this Saturday. The game was moved to Baton Rouge Wednesday morning after officials from both universities agreed that hosting the game in Tiger Stadium... more »
  • CATS starts e-commerce so customers can buy tickets online

    October 2, 2015 7:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System is now allowing people to buy bus passes online in an effort to improve customer service and increase ridership. CATS CEO Bob Mirabito says customers will enjoy the convenience of purchasing passes from the comfort of their homes. Multi-ride passes have previously had... more »
  • Suspended CATS bus drivers awarded back pay

    October 1, 2015 9:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Bus driver union representatives said four CATS drivers will be rewarded back pay after fighting their suspensions. The drivers were suspended earlier this year for taking part in protests , union president Namoi Guy said Thursday evening. In February, people held signs outside the CATS terminal... more »
  • CATS launches online bus pass ordering

    October 1, 2015 11:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Capital Area Transit System customers can now take advantage of e-commerce functionality on CATS' website that allows them to purchase passes from the website without having to visit a CATS terminal. “We are pleased to have this feature active on the website,” said CATS CEO Bob... more »
  • CATS approves 20 new bus stop shelters

    September 15, 2015 8:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Capital Area Transportation System approved 20 new bus stop shelters with solar powered lighting Tuesday afternoon. They’ll be dispersed along Florida Boulevard, Scenic Highway and Harding Boulevard at a cost of $182,600. The shelters are similar to those already placed along Baton Rouge streets. They... more »
  • Bob Mirabito on CATS' Touchdown Express Play Video

    August 28, 2015 9:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System is bringing back Touchdown Express for its sixth straight year, carrying riders from downtown to Tiger Stadium on game days. The tickets are $10 round trips. They go on sale Aug. 31 and are available online at the CATS website and at the... more »
  • First responders take part in week long animal rescue training

    August 23, 2015 6:11 PM

    GONZALES, La. - Various groups and organizations from all over the country are getting trained in rescuing animals in case of a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina. Groups like the American Humane Association along with LSU School of Veterinary Medicine took part in the training. One of the instructors, Dick... more »
  • CATS prepares to improve operations, polish its image

    August 17, 2015 7:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System is preparing to spend some serious money to improve its operations - and its image. The board will be asked to approve purchasing eight new buses at a cost of $450,000 each to replace vehicles in its aging fleet. The agency also is... more »
  • Survey shows CATS bus service losing support of its riders

    July 31, 2015 9:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The number of people willing to recommend the Capital Area Transit System to a friend has plummeted for the first time since the agency started measuring satisfaction more than a year ago. A new TransPro survey conducted in February shows that 30 percent of CATS riders are considered... more »
  • Fire kills 14 dogs at California pet boarding facility

    July 6, 2015 3:39 PM

    MONTEREY - Authorities say 14 dogs died in a fire at a Central California boarding facility that cares for pets while their owners are away on vacation. Inspector Mike Ventimiglia of the Monterey Fire Department said Monday it appears the dogs died of smoke inhalation. He says a cause for... more »
  • Dump the Pump Day Play Video

    June 18, 2015 8:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Thursday is the 10th annual Dump the Pump Day, which means bus fare is free for the Capitol Area Transit System. Today residents throughout the area are taking advantage of the free bus rides. The free rides began ten years ago when gas prices were soaring, and... more »
  • CATS riders catch a free ride on June 18

    June 15, 2015 11:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Bus riders in Baton Rouge will be able to catch a free ride on June 18th. Capital Area Transit System (CATS) announced Monday that it will join other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 18. ... more »
  • CATS employees protest

    June 15, 2015 8:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Bus Drivers for the Capital Area Transit System are speaking out against their CEO. Dozens of drivers switched shifts in protests over the weekend. They say they're protesting against Bob Mirabito for a range of issues that include: not handling customer complaints, safety issues, and firing employees... more »
  • CATS board approves new contract for Mirabito

    April 21, 2015 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the Capital Area Transit System's governing board approved a three-year contract extension and a raise Monday night for CEO Bob Mirabito. The contract includes a $175,000 salary with an extra $700 monthly allowance for benefits like health and life insurance. The contract can also... more »
  • 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 CEO sorry people found comments insulting

    March 10, 2015 11:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The CEO of CATS apologized for comments he feels were misrepresented. "It was never my intention to offend anyone, and I am sorry that my comments on a recent podcast have distracted our community from our continued push to move our transit system forward," Bob Mirabito... more »
  • Parish-wide animal control considered in Livingston Play Video

    February 12, 2015 4:17 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Council will discuss the need for parish-wide animal control at its council meeting Thursday. Right now in the parish, animal control only exists in the city limits of Denham Springs, Walker and within the town of Livingston. Parish Councilman Ricky Goff wants to find... more »
  • CATS board confident in CEO despite resignation call Play Video

    February 12, 2015 12:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the Capital Area Transit System board expressed confidence in CEO Bob Mirabito Thursday after calls for his resignation from a Metro Council member and bus drivers. "A sense of fear has come voer the people at CATS and amny of them call and say... more »
  • Drivers to call for resignation of CATS CEO

    February 11, 2015 3:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the Capital Area Transit System driver's union and a member of the EBR Metro Council announced Wednesday they will call for the resignation of CATS CEO Bob Mirabito. Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle's office released the announcement, which said the formal call for Mirabito's resignation... more »
  • CATS workers protest broken buses, broken promises 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 »
  • Firefighters keep dogs, cats & birds smoke-free in fire

    January 19, 2015 10:38 AM

    SLIDELL - A St. Tammany Parish fire chief says firefighters saved six dogs, five cats and five birds from being hurt by smoke from a fire next door. Chief Chris Kaufmann of Fire District No. 1 says the animals were being boarded at Bow Wow Dog Grooming when a grocery... more »
  • CATS announces Rider Association for 2015

    January 13, 2015 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials with the Capital Area Transit System announced plans to form a Rider Association this year to continue putting rider feedback to use. CATS CEO Bob Mirabito said the association will include ten people, at least seven of which must be current system riders. Mirabito... more »
  • CATS Garden District Trolley begins service today

    January 5, 2015 11:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - As of Monday, the Garden District Trolley will begin service in Baton Rouge and connect several of the city's centers for booming commerce and business. The new route will provide service that links the Garden District, Central Business District, Perkins Overpass and Acadian Village retail area.... more »
  • CATS says they're making good on 2-year-old promises 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 »
  • Animals to get extra funding Play Video

    November 11, 2014 9:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Pending approval by the Baton Rouge Metro Council, the Companion Animal Alliance will get more funding to take care of their animals. It's expected to get $60,000 more this year since the city increased fees for pet owners. The CAA says the funding will be a... more »
  • Benches coming to Baker bus stops

    November 1, 2014 1:30 PM

    BAKER, La. - Bus riders may soon have seating at some of the Capital Area Transit System bus stops in Baker. The city council voted this past week to authorize Mayor Harold Rideau to enter into a contract with Giraffe Advertising to place benches at stops in the city. The... more »
  • CATS hold meetings on new routes Play Video

    October 8, 2014 5:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Capital Area Transit System wants to expand on some routes with the first public discussion tonight at 5:30 p.m. Riders at a stop on Government Street had some strong opinions when it comes to their thoughts on the Capital City's public transportation. "You sit... more »
  • CATS approves $150K bid to purchase used buses Play Video

    September 16, 2014 6:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Capitol Area Transit System wants to spend $150,000 on 10 used buses they're hoping to purchase from an auction in Virginia. The buses are being retired and are are well worn, each having around 350,000 miles. But board members say that's better than what they... more »
  • CATS Touchdown Express rolls again, with changes 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' Mirabito setting solid, new foundation

    August 19, 2014 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Capitol Area Transit System met Tuesday to discuss a recent audit that detailed over-spending, unaccounted for payments, and poor record keeping. The board in charge of the taxpayer-funded system also examined how new CEO, Bob Mirabito, is doing thus far. CATS has been under new... more »
  • Taxpayer-funded CATS still recovering from prior mismanagement Play Video

    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 »
  • Ridership rises on revamped bus system

    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 »
  • Baton Rouge may expand bus route

    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 »
  • Free bus rides for "Dump the Pump" day Play Video

    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 »
  • SOS Rescue needs families to help Save Our Strays Play Video

    May 27, 2014 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - SOS Rescue is looking for summer volunteers and foster families as they continue their effort to "Save Our Strays". The Plaquemine-based group was established in 2003 and holds weekly adoption events every weekend in the Baton Rouge area. Andrea LaFaver, President of SOS Rescue, said... more »
  • Bus system revamp runs into hurdles in Baton Rouge

    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 »
  • It's kitten season for Project Purr Play Video

    April 14, 2014 9:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It is officially kitten season for Project Purr. Heidi Batdorf and Jamie Leblanc visited 2une In Monday with some furry friends to tell you how you can adopt. They say more and more litters are showing up at shelters and they need your help to find... more »
  • CATS gearing for new look Sunday 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 »
  • CATS bus routes to change March 30

    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 »
  • Bus system offers free rides as routes changed

    March 22, 2014 10:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The parish bus system is waiving fees for riders for a week at the end of March as it implements a new route structure. Riders can take a Capital Area Transit System bus for free March 30-April 5, officials tell The Advocate. The move is intended to... more »
  • Supreme court puts brakes on CATS lawsuit

    March 21, 2014 10:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Supreme Court denied to hear arguments dealing with a lawsuit over the CATS property tax. It means an end to the suit over the controversial tax that voters approved two years ago. Baton Rouge, voters favored the tax by a 54% to 46% margin. The... more »
  • Dozens of cats, dogs taken from home

    March 20, 2014 4:45 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Authorities removed dozens of dogs, cats and kittens from an Iberville Parish home Thursday after a complaint that some of the animals had gotten out. Mark Miglacio with the Iberville Parish Department of Public Works said 16 dogs and 20 cats and kittens were removed from the... more »
  • Audit: CATS leaders may have broken state laws Play Video

    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 »
  • Woman feeding 30 cats asks for help Play Video

    February 20, 2014 6:14 PM

    LIVINGSTON - When dozens of cats took over a woman's French Settlement home, her friends stepped in to help. Tracy Gardner says the first time she saw almost 30 cats outside her friend's home, she knew she had to help. "When I got out of my vehicle, there... more »

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