CATS Budget worrying riders

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 5:19pm

BATON ROUGE, La (WGMB) - The Capital Area Transit System has a budget for 2011, but riders - and officials say they're not happy about it. The $11.5 million budget is down from this year's $13 million.

Riders we spoke with say the bus service already has some weak spots - and operating with $2 million less is a step in the wrong direction. One person we spoke with says the system can't afford anymore cuts.

The company's CEO - Brian Marshall released this statement, "What you want is a system that grows not contracts. The reduction of funds is something not to our doing - it's just funds that dried up. We'd love to have more, newer busses on the street. The citizens deserve it, but unfortunately when these things happen we have to make the adjustments.

No price hike or service cuts have been announced. They're expected to be addressed at the Board's next meeting in January.

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