CATS buses will resume collecting fares from riders on May 16

CATS buses will resume collecting fares from riders on May 16
CATS bus

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Officials with the Capital Area Transit System (CATS) say bus drivers will resume collecting fares from passengers on Sunday, May 16.

The bus system began waiving fares in April 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fare to ride a CATS bus is $1.75 per trip for most customers.

CATS officials say they are still taking precautions to protect both drivers and riders from the coronavirus.

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“We take the health and safety of both our operators and the community seriously,” said CATS CEO Bill Deville. “We have waited to resume fare collection until we felt we could safely do so,” he continued.

Officials say many other municipal transporation systems around the country waived fares to help passengers at the onset of the pandemic. Most agencies have been able to implement safeguards to resume collection, officials say.

“While passenger fares do not comprise a large portion of our operating budget, we are also obligated to be fiscally responsible while we continue to connect customers to jobs and their community,” Deville stated.

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