Together BR holds first accountability night with CATS since transit election
POSTED: Monday, August 20, 2012 - 12:45pm
UPDATED: Monday, August 20, 2012 - 12:55pm
Baton Rouge, La — Together Baton Rouge will hold its first quarterly Accountability Night with the Capital Area Transit System (CATS) since the success of the April 21 election to create a dedicated revenue source for transit.
The event will take place on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, located at 1620 77th Avenue.
This gathering will mark the first of these quarterly meetings, at which Together Baton Rouge will assess CATS' performance in fulfilling the objectives of Comprehensive Transit Reform. Together BR leaders will grade CATS using an Accountability Report Card developed before the election took place.
"Accountability was an extremely important issue for us during the election," said Edgar Cage, a co-chair of Together Baton Rouge's Transit Research and Action Team. "We have two goals for this gathering. The first is to hold CATS accountable for results. The second is to create a new model for how citizens can be engaged in making our public systems responsive and accountable to taxpayers."
In the lead-up to the transit election last Spring, leaders with Together Baton Rouge had a slogan:
"Transit reform does not end on April 21; transit reform BEGINS on April 21."
The meeting Tuesday evening is an important step in the process of our community making that slogan a reality.