About CATS

Connecting you to what matters.


The Capital Area Transit System, commonly referred to as CATS, provides bus service to residents of and visitors to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

CATS Mission Statement

Enriching the lives of our customers and communities by offering independence and safety … connecting you to what matters.

CATS Vision

Safety First


Drive Economic Excellence

Integrity in Everything We Do

Social and Environmental Responsibility

CATS Governance

CATS is governed by a nine-member Board of Commissioners, which meets monthly to handle the business of the agency. The CATS Board hires a CEO to manage the day-to-day functions of the agency and implement its strategic vision for the system.

CATS is an independent agency from City-Parish government, funded by a combination of a local millage, self-generated funding and state and federal transportation dollars. The Baton Rouge Metro Council appoints the nine members of the CATS Board of Commissioners. 

Hours of Operation

CATS buses operate the following hours:

Monday - Friday – 5:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday – 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Customer Care

The Customer Care terminal operates during the following hours:

Monday-Friday – 5:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday – closed


The Customer Care Call Center is available by phone at 225-389-8282 whenever CATS buses are operating:

Monday - Friday – 5:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday – 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.


CATS is a proud member of the South West Transit Association and Louisiana Public Transit Association