CATS under microscope over management contract

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Capital Area's Transit System, or CATS, is once again under the microscope.  This time, it deals with a CATS committee trying to award a management contract.
The contract is worth $1.5 million for anywhere between 18 - 24 months. The money will go to manage the transit system.

Four companies have been fighting to win the bid: MV, SJB, URS & Veolia.  SJB is the only local company, but does not have any transit management experience. Instead, they are contracted with an outside company who does have transit management experience.

The contract's selection process has raised some questions with some saying the process has been leaning towards one specific company, SJB.
"I'm not going to get into which company is preferred or not preferred as it relates to this process. What I will say is the process leaned towards no company and gave no company an advantage," said Marshall.  "What I will say outside of all of these companies, this program manager process, is that we will deliver the system that we promised to the people in 2014."

It also has some East Baton Rouge Metro Council members saying they want to replace the CATS board because of the entire process.

"There was nothing illegal done as it relates to that process which is not cause for removal but it's within the power of the council to decide on who they want to serve on any board or commission," said Marshall.
CATS has a meeting Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. where they're expected to make a decision about the contract, either vote on a company or defer it.

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