CATS prepares for new routes

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 4:38pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 5:37pm

Good news for people who depend on the Capital Area Transit System, they are rolling out new bus routes this week.

This means faster and more direct routes, and that means better commutes for riders.

Tina Coe does not have a car, so riding the bus is the only way she can get around.

"Whether you're going to work or your going to school or whatever your day-to-day functions are, it does help to have more than one bus running at a time and to have multiple routes also to help everyone get to where they need to go," Coe said.

She said the city has needed new routes for a while now.

"Well I think given the population expansion that we have here going on in Baton Rouge and the people who already live here, it does help to have multiple bus routes," Coe said.

CATS will start the new routes sunday. They have been in the works for two years, ever since the cats tax was passed back in 2012. So, instead of having all the busses come in from the main terminal on Florida, now they will come from other hub stations around the area, more of a grid-style format.

"I know in the past, some people who worked at Woman's Hospital had to walk a great distance to get to the next bus stop," Coe said. "So now with this expansion, it can help cover larger areas of the city. So people can get to where they need to go in a timely fashion."

Four new hub stations will be added at Town Square, Earl K. Long, Cortana Mall, and the Mall of Louisiana. Coe thinks these new routes will help Baton Rouge compete with other metro cities.

"New Orleans, which is just right up the road, they have a lot of busses running at one time," Coe admitted. "So, maybe this will make Baton Rouge a little bit more sought after. So, if people do more here and they are dependent upon public transportation, they know they can get where they need to go."

In the meantime, Coe said, she will just see how it goes.

"Hopefully, everything will run smoothly, and hopefully, there will be a lot of good feedback," Coe said.

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