CATS hosts tour of bus rapid transit project

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Capital Area Transit System (CATS) hosted a tour of the bus rapid transit project ahead of upcoming plans.

CATS officials said the bus rapid transit project will provide services to 28,000 residents within a half-mile of the 22 bus rapid transit stations. Additionally, officials said the buses will operate every 15 minutes and connect over 39,000 jobs for 11,000 low-income households and 2,000 zero-car households along the route.

“The entire Baton Rouge area benefits from large-scale transportation investments such as this that spur economic growth and new private sector investment,” said Bill Deville, CATS CEO. “In total, our transit investments over the next ten years will generate $1.6 billion in economic returns to the greater Baton Rouge area. But let me be clear, without the renewal of our local millage on November 13, CATS will be unable to tap into federal funding to benefit our community, and projects such as bus rapid transit will be in jeopardy.”

Partners for the project include the City of Baton Rouge, Build Baton Rouge, Capital Region Planning Commission, DOTD and CATS, according to a news release.

“With the bus rapid transit project, East Baton Rouge is leading the way for innovation and creativity in Louisiana,” said Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. “Increasing access to transportation presents economic opportunity and enhanced quality of life for citizens.”

“If you want a city where economic development continues for years, you must have a reliable transit system,” said Baker Mayor Darnell Waites. “Transit moves cities forward, and I am really excited that the joint vision for Baton Rouge and Baker is coming into fruition.”

The nine-mile route is to run along Plank Road, Florida Boulevard and Nicholson Drive.

“This project is an opportunity to actualize our collective vision to heal gaps between north and south Baton Rouge,” said Chris Tyson, president and CEO of Build Baton Rouge. “Transit-oriented development along the corridor will present new sites that appeal to developers and investors, generating economic growth.”

For more information about future CATS projects, click here.

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