Grant money keeps CATS busses moving

Grant money keeps CATS busses moving
Monday, July 25, 2011 - 3:52pm

The Capital Area Transportation System was set to shut down service in October.

Now - more grant money for CATS means the busses will keep rolling through the end of the year.

The news comes after the State Office of Commercial Development gave CATS $500,000. Just last week - the East Baton Rouge Mortgage Finance Authority gave CATS that same amount. The two grants let the transportation system tap into a federal grant. The three sources will takes CATS out of it's $1.29 million deficit.

But all the relief is only temporary. Next year - that grant money goes away - and CATS will face a $2 million deficit.

CEO Brian Marshall says some options in 2012 include going back to metro council to ask for money - or heading to voters for a ballot initiative.

Mayor President Kip Holden says he would support a tax increase to help CATS.

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