Metro councilman withdraws CATS proposed resolution
POSTED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 1:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 1:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — Councilman John Delgado has withdrawn his proposed resolution concerning the Capital Area Transit System from the September 11, 2013 Metropolitan Council agenda.
The resolution asks the Louisiana Legislature to repeal the CATS governing statute. Councilman Delgado has conducted six meetings with members of the Baton Rouge legislative delegation and has additional meetings scheduled in the next two weeks.
“We need additional time to fully vet the resolution with the members,” Councilman Delgado stated. “I believe the root of CATS problems lies in its governing structure. Rest assured we will press forward with changes to that structure, but we must first have the opportunity to discuss those changes with the members of the legislature that can effect that change.”
Delgado said his recent experience riding the CATS buses to work have made him all the more resolved to solving the problems with CATS.
“The people of Baton Rouge that depend on public transportation deserve far better than what we have provided them. The taxpayers of Baton Rouge deserve to see their hard-earned money well spent. To that end, I am absolutely committed to bringing the Metropolitan Council and the State Legislature together with a solution that provides an effective and efficient transit system, which is honestly and transparently managed.”
Delgado expects to bring a resolution to the Council for a vote in four to six weeks.