New Low-Emission Buses for Baton Rouge's CATS

    Advocate staff file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Sign at the CATS downtown bus hub, right in front of the Old State Capitol.  Facebook Twitter Email Print Save

    In preparation for new route changes, Baton Rouge's Capital Area Transit System (CATS) is rolling out eight new low-emission buses. According to, CATS has added eight Gillig diesel buses "equipped with low emissions engines" to their fleet as part of their fleet-replacement plan. "The buses from manufacturer Gillig include security cameras, free Wi-Fi, and other features," according to an article from The Advocate. The Advocate article also explained that the route changes will occur on February 24th of this year, and CATS has chosen to waive bus fares for the first week of the route change. 

    In addition to these new changes, CATS has big plans in the works. According to their Five Year Capital Improvements and Investments Plan, "the objective [of the plan] is to retire older vehicles and obtain an average fixed route fleet age of less than four (4) years." As part of this 5-year plan, CATS is also looking to add "10 to13 energy efficient electric power buses" to their fleet.

    Those interested in the developments of Baton Rouge transit can attend the Baton Rouge Bus Rapid Transit Feasibility Study Open House next Tuesday, January 29th at 11AM. Sponsored by East Baton Rouge Parish-City of Baton Rouge, Capitol Area Transit System, and East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, the event will be an opportunity to "learn more and provide input on the Baton Rouge Bus Rapid Transit system that is proposed."

    For more information on the Capital Area Transit System, visit the CATS website.