CATS CONNECTS

On November 13, residents in Baton Rouge and Baker can vote to renew the millage that serves as CATS’ primary funding source for daily operations and services to tens of thousands of riders who rely on our transit system. Without this funding, the agency’s future and the jobs it supports are in jeopardy.

Election Day is November 13

Early voting is October 30 - November 6  

  • 91% of CATS riders have no other transportation option
  • CATS connects customers to 225,000 jobs within a half-mile radius of a transit route
  • CATS is expected to generate $1.6 billion in economic impact for greater Baton Rouge over the next 10 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"Renewing CATS' primary funding source is an investment our community desperately needs, both in normal times and in particular as our economy continues to recover from the pandemic. Baton Rouge's success and growth is directly tied to the type of reliable transit services CATS provides, like the state's first Bus Rapid Transit service we are partnering to implement that will ultimately connect thousands of residents across north and south Baton Rouge to jobs and opportunities to thrive."
- Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome

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WHAT'S AT STAKE

If approved, the dedicated funding for CATS will support ongoing capital costs, operations, and maintenance of the existing transit system and also allow for future system expansion by:

  • Leveraging federal funding to invest in modernizing Baton Rouge’s outdated infrastructure
  • Leveraging $1.88 million towards the construction and operations of the new Bus Rapid Transit Project – a $53.7 million project that will offer premium, high-capacity transit connecting north and south Baton Rouge.
  • Constructing new shelters and transit centers serving major job hubs, such as the new Amazon facility
  • Expanding transit innovations such as micro-transit in Baker
  • Modernize our fleet with new electric, environmentally friendly buses

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE MILLAGE IS REJECTED?

If voters do not renew this millage, CATS will eventually be unable to operate. Most cities the size of Baton Rouge have a dedicated source of funding for transit. Like these cities, Baton Rouge needs a reliable transit system to serve the tens of thousands of residents who rely on it daily to get to and from their jobs.

Without a local revenue source, CATS cannot access the matching state or federal dollars that fund key programs, services, and capital projects. This would have a detrimental impact on our community including:

  • Loss of workforce and labor due to lack of transportation access
  • Increased traffic congestion
  • Stranding thousands of residents who don’t own cars
  • Limiting access to resources such as healthcare, grocery stores and schools
  • Baton Rouge would not be as competitive for future infrastructure projects such as BRT

 

Please see CATS Resource Library for additional information. 

 

CATS COMMUNITY ALLIES

  • Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome
  • Mayor Darnell Waites
  • Visit Baton Rouge
  • Build Baton Rouge
  • Capital Area United Way
  • City Year Baton Rouge
  • Healthy BR
  • Louisiana Restaurant Association
  • Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
  • Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge
  • Civil Solutions
  • Cristo Rey
  • UREC
  • YWCA Greater Baton Rouge
  • Forum 225
  • East Baton Rouge Metropolitan Council