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CATS says they're making good on two year old promises

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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 bus shelters and transfer centers and expanded routes.

"It took us a little while, it took us two years to start delivering on our promises," Maribito said. "But heck, I just started two years ago I think we're doing great, I just want to make the system better."

Thursday, CATS CEO Bob Mirabito said, keeping their word has been their priority. There are six new buses and new express lines, but many of the things still need work.

Only 10 new routes were added out of a promised 17. New transfer centers are still in the works and most buses need to be replaced.

"New buses are half a million dollars a piece," Mirabito said. "It would be 22 million dollars to replace them, we don't have that right now so we have to find creative ways to make the fleet better."

"We're looking at our on time performance," said CATS board member Donna Collins-Lewis. "We're looking at trying to improve our fleet again. Just doing everything we can to give the best service to the riders."

The bus system gained six new buses in an auction, they're expected to hit the road December 22. New routes, shelters and transfer centers are expected by early next year.

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