CATS CEO issues apology for podcast comments

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The CEO of the The Capital Area Transit System, Bob Mirabito, issued statement Tuesday afternoon that apologized to the community.

"I apologize. It was never my intention to offend anyone, and I am sorry that my comments on a recent podcast have distracted our community from our continued push to move our transit system forward," Mirabito said. "My comment, heard in its entirety, was not racially motivated, and I apologize that is the impression it has given people."

The apology comes after a podcast in which Mirabito said some people may not ride the buses because they don't like the color of an operator's skin.

Mirabito has been heavily criticized by some Metro Council members recently, but he said that the bus system is going in the right direction.

Mirabito declined an on-camera interview with 9News.

CATS Board Chair Donna Collins-Lewis, who is also a Metro Council member, issued an apology as well.

"I, too, apologize to the employees of CATS as well as the community for the statement that was made. CATS is committed to its path of forward progress," said Collins-Lewis. "The Chief Executive Officer's job is to continue to make improvements that have been promised to the community. The CEO reports to the Board of Directors, which is comprised of people from all areas of our community. The Board has always, and will continue to, monitor the CEO's performance in his position."

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