CATS CEO blasts politicians who want to privatize local transit

CATS CEO blasts politicians who want to privatize local transit
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POSTED: Friday, September 13, 2013 - 3:00pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 13, 2013 - 3:04pm

Bob Mirabito said he is disappointed with politicians who use his promise of transparency against him and the transit agency he leads.

Mirabito wrote an open letter Friday, partly in response to a plan by East Baton Rouge Metro Councilman John Delgado. Delgado wants to state legislature to overturn the law that created CATS, which would repeal its funding tax and allow a private company to take control of local transit.

Mirabito called that a "flamboyant solution." He said CATS only earns $.14 for every dollar it spends, so no private bus company could survive in Baton Rouge.

"I've not been on the job for six months," Mirabito wrote. "However, I believe my start has earned me the opportunity to finish what I've started. CATS is more than just a bus company. In my opinion, it is a transit company that can be the envy of its peers."

CATS has been the subject of public and political concern since a series of financial and management scandals came to light this summer. Four board members have resigned, either because of fighting amongst themselves or after accusations against them were made public.

"Unfortunately, the announcement of these problems was used by some who would like to destroy CATS, Mirabito wrote. "This is ironic because of the constant cry for transparency from CATS."

To read Mirabito's letter in its entirety, click the attachment below.

9-2013 Mirabito An Open Letter To The Public.doc41.5 KB

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