CATS Announces Contactless Pay Options

July 18, 2022

BATON ROUGE, La.- The Capital Area Transit System (CATS) is excited to announce that contactless pay will be rolling out across the entire fleet in mid-August. CATS has partnered with UMO to bring riders two contactless pay options: new reloadable CATS x UMO pass cards, or a smartphone app. CATS x UMO is set to launch system-wide on Monday, August 15, 2022. More information regarding planned launch events will be provided at a later date.

“We are excited to bring this technology to the people of Baton Rouge and Baker,” said CATS Interim CEO Dwana Williams. “Contactless pay will allow our riders easier access to passes and fares, speed up the boarding process, and eliminate the need to have cash and coins on hand in order to ride.”

CATS riders can download the Umo app by searching for "Umo Mobility" in the iOS or Android app store. Riders can then set up their account, purchase passes, or add a balance to their account using a credit or debit card. The UMO app also has functions to help riders track their bus and plan trips.

Riders who would prefer a reloadable pass card can receive their CATS x UMO pass cards at the CATS Terminal. Riders can then load their pass cards and buy passes online at, or they can visit participating local vendors to load their pass cards in person.

Using CATS x UMO is simple- Say Hello, Tap, and Go! Once the CATS x UMO card or app has been loaded with a fare or pass, riders will simply scan their Umo Mobile App or tap their CATS x UMO pass card on the Umo reader in the bus as they board.

CATS riders who have already qualified for a reduced fare will be able to receive a special CATS x UMO pass card.

CATS will continue to accept cash fares. Paper passes will be phased out over time as we transition our loyal riders to CATS x UMO.

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