Rider Guide

How to Ride CATS

Photo of riders next to trolley.

photo courtesy Frank McMains


The instruction below can get you up and riding CATS easily. You can also listen to instructions online:

audio: How to Ride CATS






1. Plan your trip

CATS operates buses to most of the important places in Baton Rouge. To find which route to take, look at the Route Information page or try the new Trip Planner widget on the left side of the page.  You can also reach your destination by a combination of routes. The schedules for weekdays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays are different. Please check appropriate schedule for your trip.

Trip Planner (shown at left) may be used to suggest appropriate bus route(s) to get you to your destination.

*For assistance, please call customer care (225) 389-8282.


2. Board the bus

Bus stops are located on all CATS routes. Spot a bus stop sign on the CATS route and wait for a bus at the bus stop sign. When the bus approaches, signal the driver to stop the bus for you. CATS buses only stop at designated bus stops.


3. Enjoy your ride

Once you have boarded the bus and paid your fare, move immediately to a vacant seat. Stay clear of the doorways, keep the aisles and stairwells clear, and keep your arms, hands, and head inside the bus at all times.

Priority seats for seniors and passengers with disabilities are located behind the operator. Buses also have designated wheelchair areas. When a person in a wheelchair is boarding, people seated near the lift or ramp are required to move to make room for that person.

CATS operators announce all important bus stops. Once operator announces the stop, pull the bell cord once to signal the operator to stop the bus.

Please remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop. Exit through the rear door whenever possible. For your safety, hold on to the door handles until you clear the door. If a person in a wheelchair is exiting, you should exit first.

If you have questions, the bus operator will gladly help, but please try not to distract the operator while the bus is moving. Be sure you don't leave anything behind when you leave the bus. And thanks for riding!


4. Transfers

If you'll need to transfer to a second bus to get where you're going, ask when you board for a transfer slip, which costs 25¢. If your trip requires a third bus, you can get another transfer on the second bus for an additional 25¢.

Transfers are not good on the issuing route, so you cannot use them for a round trip.