BR transit system discussed in forum, participants want reform

POSTED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 2:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 2:04pm

1,000 people gathered at the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church in Baton Rouge tonight to discuss transit system reform.

It's the culmination of a 14-week campaign put on by Together Baton Rouge to help raise awareness of transit problems in the city.

Coming up on April 21, residents will vote on property tax that would fund CATS and make busses more accessible to riders. Advocates say the bus system is not rider friendly.

"The fact that people have to wait 75 minutes for a bus, and the fact that the average trip is 2 hours and 20 minutes - it's just not good,” stated SEIU Local President Helene O’Brien. “It's not good for employers… not good for workers. It's not good for the community."

"I see people standing at the bus stop,” stated concerned citizen Mada McDonald. “They have no place to sit. They are standing in the rain. They’re standing in the cold. There needs to be something appropriate for them to be covered and protected when there is inclement weather. "

If the property tax on April 21 is successful, busses would pick up riders every 15 fifteen minutes during peak hours. Also, 18 new routes would become available, and a tracking app for cellphones would be made available.

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