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POSTED: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 7:02pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 9, 2011 - 11:57am

"I have cancer. I need the bus system," says CATS rider Ronnie Oxley.

For Oxley using CATS to get to treatment centers is a matter of life and death. He doesn't have a car and says if the bus system goes under he'd be lost.

"There's nothing else I could do. I leave it in the hands of the Lord because there's no other way I could get around town.

The Baton Rouge transit Coalition was formed to help people just like Ronnie. They hope they can get the struggling bus system back on track.

"It might be moving in the right direction," says Oxley.

Albert Washington rides the bus to get to his two jobs. He says he already has trouble paying his bills.

"It's rough out here right now, this economy - I'd be in big trouble without transportation aroundhere. I would have to walk. It's rough. I need two jobs to make ends meet."

 He's hopeful though that the B.R.T.C. can cahnge CATS for the better, "I think it's a splendid idea, sir."

And these are changes that need to happen now.

"I think they need a better riding system. It takes too long for us to catch some of the buses. The nearest bus stop to my house is two and a half miles away. I gotta walk two and a half miles to get to a bus stop," says Oxley.

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