BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — On Tuesday, the Capital Area Transit System announced an ADA program to make bus stops and pickups more accessible.

The transit system said in a release that a groundbreaking ceremony will be underway for the beginning of the construction of ADA-accessible bus stops on Wednesday, Nov. 1. The bus stops will include implementing stable and new surfaces to accommodate riders in wheelchairs.

“The groundbreaking of ADA-accessible bus stops is a testament to our dedication to accessibility. It underscores our commitment to making public transportation more welcoming and convenient for all members of our community,” said Theo Richards, Interim CEO. “We are thrilled about the positive impact this will have on our passengers’ livelihood.” 

The implementation came after a federal lawsuit was filed in 2020 by two men who were not accommodated by the bus system.

CATS says they are committed to making sure all 1,500 Baton Rouge and Baker locations are ADA-accessible over the next 10 years.