BR Area Chamber member taking a trip to improve CATS
POSTED: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 3:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Several member of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber making their way out of state tonight. They're taking a trip to Louisville, Kentucky to learn about mass transit.
They're hoping to bring lessons back to Baton Rouge to help improve CATS.
The struggling transportation system continues have a deficit of more than a million dollars.
Adam Knapp, the CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber says right now, the average wait time for a CATS bus is 75 minutes.
He says that's the first thing he wants to improve.
“No ones taking the bus today in Baton Rouge unless they absolutely have to take that bus and there are a lot of people that absolutely have to take that bus,” Knapp told NBC33 News. “About 10,000 people a day depend on it and so what we know that we need to see is a shorter average wait time to make it so more people can opt in to the system
Some voters in EBR parish will vote on a CATS tax on the April ballot.
Getting it approved would bring 18 million dollars a year to cats.
It would add buses, add routes, and improve facilities.