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Congressman Garret Graves

Representing the 6th District of Louisiana

Congressman calls for overhaul of CATS, says system isn’t working

March 29, 2016
In The News

With ridership on the Capital Area Transit System’s rebranded Red Stick Trolley—formerly the Garden District Trolley—continuing to dwindle, Congressman Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge, is calling for the agency to do away with the route and reevaluate just about every aspect of its operations.

“The CATS system is a disaster,” Graves says. “It should be blown up and we should start over again.”

Graves, who has made addressing the area’s transportation infrastructure issues and chronic gridlock one of his main priorities, says CATS is part of the problem not the solution. He says the Red Stick Trolley is an example of a failed idea that is wasting taxpayer dollars.

“If they’re dead set on having people drive empty vehicles around, give them scooters,” he says. “It’s beyond a demonstrated failure. Stop bleeding the money and let’s put it in other things.”

Graves lives in the Garden District, which the trolley was created to serve in early 2015, and says he is frustrated on visits home to the district to see the trolley cruising up and down neighborhood streets—almost always without passengers.

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