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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 Administration, Mirabito said he's here to work and turn around a negative public perception.

"What I think CATS is looking for is a leader who can provide direction, who can provide accountability, and can move the organization forward," Mirabito said.

After only a week on the job he explained that his goals are similar to his predecessor, but he plans to execute them differently.

"I can't control the past. I can only control the present and future," Mirabito said. "I think it's better to be honest up front if you're not going to hit some of the goals you've set. You have to give people key performance indicators, lay out what we're going to accomplish, and that's exactly what I'm going to do."

He didn't criticize the former CATS CEO, Brian Marshall, who stepped down in April. Instead, he echoed a lot of what Marshall planned.

Mirabito has no public transit experience but agreed that new routes, buses and bus stops are a priority for moving the system forward, but spending tax dollars wisely is of the utmost importance.

"Any place that I've work I've always said that I treat the money that I'm responsible for like it's my own," Mirabito said.

He tentively set a benchmark of February 2014 to have new routes and buses online. 

He's been here four years and signed a six-month contract with the CATS board. Both sides have to option to renew when that time is up.


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