Blue Ribbon Commission meets to find ways to fund public transit

Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 6:40pm

A second meeting for an East Baton Rouge commission designed to find ways to pay for mass transit in the parish.

The Blue Ribbon Commission was setup by the mayor-president several weeks ago, and its goal is to design and find ways to pay for mass transit in the Capital City, like CATS.

The Capital Area Transit System says they'll shut down in just a few months if they don't find money.

Brian Marshall, the CEO of CATS says, "Public transportation is the largest economic driver, in the international sense. We've not leveraged that yet. But first you have to invest that in order to get back that return."

Studies show that every dollar spent on public transportation brings back 35 dollars.

The Blue Ribbon Commission will meet several times over the next few months, and are set to give Kip Holden recommendations in June.

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