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1,000 expected to rally for a new transit system in Baton Rouge

1,000 expected to rally for a new transit system in Baton Rouge

POSTED: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 2:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 2:04pm

Together Baton Rouge is expecting over 1,000 faith and community leaders at its Assembly for Transit Reform.

The gathering will take place on Tuesday, March 20th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, 9700 Scenic Highway.

It’s the culmination of a 14-month campaign to create a plan of action for transit reform. The event has two purposes: to kick off an unprecedented grassroots organizing drive leading up to the transit election on April 21 and to win public commitments from the CATS board and management to implement the transit reform plan as advertised and meet with Together Baton Rouge quarterly to be held accountable for results.

If the April 21 election passes, the new transit system in Baton Rouge will have:

• 15-minute average pick-ups at peak hours
• 18 new routes and 8 new express or limited-stop routes
• Exact arrival times available on cell phones
• 70 new shelters and an overhaul of all bus stops.

Transit Reform also includes changes to CATS' governance structure, which are expected to be approved in the coming weeks by the State legislature and Metropolitan Council.

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