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  • 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 »
  • CATS to consider spending thousands to lease new office space

    February 17, 2014 10:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Capital Area Transit System leaders will discuss leasing more office space for staff and extra parking spaces for additional buses at a meeting Tuesday. CATS, which is funded through a controversial property tax, is considering occupying one floor of Mid City Towers, formerly Dean Tower, a 14-story... more »
  • CATS buses will not run Tuesday

    January 27, 2014 7:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Public transit will not run Tuesday, in anticipation of iced roads and unusual winter precipitation in the Baton Rouge area. Capital Area Transit System sent a message out through social media and its website alerting riders that buses will not run on January 28. "Due to expected... more »
  • Judge: Protestors filed "CATS" lawsuit too late

    December 23, 2013 7:35 AM

    Protestors of the "CATS" tax, may be out of luck. Three judges unanimously ruled in favor of the Baton Rouge Transit system, saying that the tax is legal and that protestors filed the lawsuit "too late". State law requires objections to be filed within sixty days. The lawsuit was... more »
  • CATS freebies didn't break the rules

    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 »
  • Board hopefuls will be asked about felony pasts

    November 13, 2013 12:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- People who apply to be a member of the board of directors for Capital Area Transit System will now be asked about their criminal history, or if they have one. The search committee will ask people if they have a record since background checks are not performed... more »
  • CATS could seal the deal on CEO

    November 12, 2013 11:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The interim CEO could become a more permanent fixture of the bus company since a committee of the board is proposing hiring him full time. Bob Mirabito has been leading the bus system since the former CEO resigned amid scandal in May. Mirabito has been at... more »
  • Bus routes will change in 2014

    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 »
  • CATS board candidate has criminal conviction

    October 23, 2013 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- At least one city leader is raising a red flag about a candidate for an available seat on the board of directors of the bus system here. William Johnson pleaded guilty to felony attempted theft and conspiracy to commit fraud related to donations to DARE programs in... more »
  • No fare hike for CATS

    October 15, 2013 10:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A fare increase is no longer on the table after a meeting among leaders of the Capital Area Transit System Tuesday afternoon. Increasing fares by a quarter will instead be studied and not discussed for about a month. The increase would have come as fares for transfers... more »
  • CATS to discuss route, fare changes today

    October 15, 2013 8:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Residents who use public transportation may notice some changes to the service soon. Board members of the Capital Area Transit System will discuss Tuesday increasing fare rates and a new route structure for next year. The price of a daily pass could increase by 25... more »
  • CATS wants increased fares Play Video

    October 11, 2013 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Capital Area Transit System wants to increase bus fares to help with the cost of operations. The changes being considered include eliminating transfer fees and raising the price of daily, weekly and monthly passes. Right now it cost $1.75 for a one-way trip. CATS... more »
  • CATS gets a new board member

    October 9, 2013 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council approved Ben Miller to fill a vacant seat on the Capital Area Transit System. Miller replaces former board president Isaiah Marshall. The vote to fill Montrell McCaleb's seat is deferred for two weeks. Metro Council members were deadlocked on two candidates after three... more »
  • CATS begins wave of meetings for new routes, changes

    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 »
  • CATS to deal with neglected problem Wednesday Play Video

    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 »
  • CATS employees suspended, vanishing farebox money resolved

    September 11, 2013 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At least three CATS employees were suspended without pay for taking advantage of company cars. "We've had three administrative employees on an unpaid vacation, either a one day or three days," CATS Interim CEO Bob Mirabito said. The unpaid vacations stem from tracking devices recently... more »
  • CATS board member Ryan Heck resigns

    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 »
  • Council puts brakes on possible CATS shut down

    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 »
  • Documents show CATS could have broken federal guidelines Play Video

    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 »
  • CATS looking for suggestions for new routes, changes Play Video

    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 »
  • 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 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 »
  • Loftus resigns from CATS board in heated letter

    August 22, 2013 2:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Entrepreneur Jared Loftus stepped down today from the Capital Area Transit System board, calling the board corrupt and unwilling to work for the betterment of the system. Loftus accused other board members of beind closed-minded, inept, and unethical in his resignation, and said he'd witnessed criminal... more »
  • CATS under investigation by federal agency Play Video

    August 21, 2013 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Baton Rouge bus system CATS, is under fire for chartering its vehicles for use by employees, breaking federal rules, as we told you exclusively last night on NEWS 2 at 10. The Federal Transit Administration is now investigating CATS. Tuesday, interim CEO Bob Mirabito alerted... more »
  • CATS workers took bus to Hornets game, violated federal rules 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 workers get raises amid money troubles

    August 20, 2013 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System gave about 200 workers raises this year, despite financial difficulties. CATS officials say the money was included in the CATS' budget and is part of an effort to move the ailing bus system forward. Interim CEO Bob Mirabito said it's been four... 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 »
  • CATS CFO resigns, investigation turned over to DA Play Video

    August 19, 2013 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The chief financial officer for the Capital Area Transit System resigned this afternoon. In a letter sent Friday to his boss CATS CEO Bob Mirabito, Gary Owens doesn't explain why he's leaving. During a scheduled press conference, Mirabito wouldn't answer questions about Owens' resignation or... more »
  • Leaders: if you're on CATS board, know what you are doing

    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 »
  • Touchdown Express back at higher cost

    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 »
  • Councilman proposes new way to pick CATS board

    August 13, 2013 10:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A councilman has introduced a resolution calling for the resignations of all Capital Area Transit System board members and for a new process to vet nominations of those seeking to serve on the Baton Rouge transit system board of directors. Two resolutions by Councilman Buddy Amoroso are... more »
  • Questions raised after CATS passes audit

    August 12, 2013 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Auditors promise a new check of the books at the headquarters of the Capital Area Transit System will show irregularities in the accounting department, even though the latest audit from the state found no issue. CATS was awarded an "A" by the Legislative Auditor's office. The audit... more »
  • .com snafu shutters CATS site

    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 »
  • CATS CEO promises transparency after resignations

    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 »
  • Read Isaiah Marshall's resignation letter

    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 »
  • CATS leader quits, blames news coverage of bus debacle Play Video

    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 »
  • City leaders call for investigations, answers into missing bus money 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 »
  • CATS issues, money on Chamber agenda

    July 23, 2013 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge will discuss issues related to the parish's troubled transit system today. The lunch meeting pulls together business owners, other chamber members and guests to hear updates on legal challenges and money troubles surrounding the Capital Area Transit System.... more »
  • Interim CEO: CATS missing thousands each month Play Video

    July 22, 2013 3:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The interim CEO of Baton Rouge's transit system revealed today thousand of dollars in fares have gone missing, and vowed to get to the bottom of what happened. Robert Mirabito said a recent audit found a discrepancy between the amount of money reportedly collected in fares... more »
  • Community group calls for CATS changes

    July 22, 2013 8:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Community leaders today called on the East Baton Rouge Metro Council to make changes to the city-parish transit board. Members of "Together Baton Rouge" brought up issues with the Capital Area Transit System's interim CEO, whom they criticized for having no transit experience, and with the... more »
  • Legislative Auditor investigating stolen funds

    July 19, 2013 4:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Legislative Auditor and other agencies are stepping in to investigate possible wrongdoing by a Capital Area Transit System board member. The agency told News 2 they plan to make it a priority case, but it could take up to three months for a complete investigation... more »
  • CATS board member: I did not take money from system

    July 18, 2013 7:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A recently former board member of the Capital Area Transit System said he is innocent of allegations he used CATS money to pay for personal expenses. "I didn't take any money from CATS," said Montrell McCaleb. McCaleb resigned from the board of directors Thursday, hours before reports... more »
  • At tense meeting, board puts brakes on CATS changes

    July 16, 2013 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Feisty members of the CATS board vowed not to resign and urged people to stop harassing them about the controversial selection of an outside management firm that might be hired to run the bus system. Tuesday, the board was set to decide on selecting one from a... more »
  • City leaders plan CATS coup

    July 16, 2013 4:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders, including the mayor, believe mismanagement at CATS is cause to have the entire board tossed to the curb. Councilman Chandler Loupe has submitted an agenda item for an upcoming Metro Council meeting to begin removing Isaiah Marshall from the CATS board. Loupe said in his... more »
  • CATS announces new route to hospital

    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 »
  • New CATS CEO not an LSU fan 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 »
  • Police find 27 pets in mobile home, arrest residents

    June 3, 2013 3:13 PM

    THIBODAUX - Police charged two people in Thibodaux with cruelty to animals and juveniles after investigators said they found dozens of pets living in a mobile home with them and two children. Investigators cited Archie Horsley Jr. and Melinda Horsley for misdemeanor cruelty to juveniles and animals after the... more »
  • Mirabito recommended for CATS interim director

    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 »
  • CATS to interview two finalists for top job

    May 28, 2013 9:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials with the Capitol Area Transit System plan to interview Tuesday the two remaining candidates vying to become the system's next leader. The search committee narrowed down a list of 10 to local businessmen John Conroy and Robert Mirabito. Conroy owns a local pest control... more »
  • 10 seek Baton Rouge bus system post

    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 »
  • Frmr CATS leader: system neglected; read resignation letter

    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 »
  • Bus system leader out

    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 »
  • CATS releases $15 million dollar improvement plan Play Video

    March 6, 2013 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System will make $15 million dollars in improvements over the next three years, according to CEO Brian Marshall. The office has drawn criticism for not making the changes fast enough. Marshall says improvements have to deliberate to avoid other problems. Marshall says... more »
  • CATS CEO to unveil transit revamp

    March 6, 2013 10:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The CEO for the Capital Area Transit System is set to reveal his plans to overhaul Baton Rouge's public transit system today. Brian Marshall will present the plans at the CATS board committee meeting Wednesday morning. It will include how he plans to spend the 10.6... 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 members blast management

    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 »
  • CATS bus-tracking app launched Play Video

    January 29, 2013 5:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Capital Area Transit System unveiled its new tracking system today, designed to give passengers more information about their bus and route. The free application for iPhone and Android devices, called "RouteShout," tracks up-to-the-minute arrival times of buses for each stop. CATS also launched a map-tracking... more »
  • Rep. rides bus, calls for CATS stop near hospital Play Video

    January 17, 2013 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Representative Regina Barrow boarded a bus around 9 a.m. at Earl K Long headed to Woman's Hospital. She ended up on on Siegen Lane and Industriplex Blvd, the closest bus stop to the hospital. "I cannot imagine a woman, pregnant or not pregnant to get... more »
  • CATS told to outsource key positions

    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 »
  • Activists push for information after cats were killed

    December 21, 2012 10:11 PM

    CLINTON- People went door-to-door Friday, talking about the investigation over some cat killings. A number of felines have bee found dead. Some were shot at point blank range, others hanged. The group of activists handed out fliers. They're hoping to get information about who might be killing the... more »
  • Property owners shell out hundreds more for CATS Play Video

    December 6, 2012 5:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Property tax assessments are going out in East Baton Rouge Parish, and owners living in the city limits of Baker and Baton Rouge can expect much larger overall contributions compared to years past. To see what you owe, click here . In the Riverbend neighborhood... more »
  • EBR shelter director resigns Play Video

    December 5, 2012 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Animal Shelter is looking for a new director after Kim Sherlaw resigned Tuesday. Sherlaw left as director of Companion Animal Alliance after seven months, replacing other short-term directors who quit. CAA Interim Director and current President of Friends of the Animals... 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 »
  • First CATS budget with new tax money to be revealed next week

    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 »
  • CATS CEO fires back about broken promises Play Video

    October 17, 2012 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The head of the Capital Area Transit System is firing back tonight about promises that were allegedly broken after voters approved a tax to keep the bus system running this year. Some of the promises included adding extra routes and express service to populated areas if the... more »
  • CATS suspends service ahead of storm

    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. more »

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