2018-04-27

Connecting you to what matters.

The Capital Area Transit System (CATS) helps people get to the places where they live, work and play with their 29 different bus lines throughout the community of Baton Rouge. According to its website, the agency provides more than 2 million rides each year. 101 City Year Baton Rouge AmeriCorps members became a part of those 2 million riders this year thanks to the partnership created between City Year Baton Rouge and CATS. The mission of CATS is “Enriching the lives of our customers and communities by offering independence and safety…connecting you to what matters.” Service matters to City Year AmeriCorps members and CATS has helped a number of them get to their schools every day to work with their students.

We asked a few of the AmeriCorps members who use their bus passes on a regular basis to tell us a bit about their experiences.  Here’s what they had to say!

 

What surprised you about riding with CATS?

“Bus drivers are willing to help patrons find their way.”

“There are so many CATS routes that I never noticed before!”

“A lot more people ride the bus than I expected.”

How has CATS benefitted you?

“Anytime I need a ride home I know that there will be a bus stop just down the road that I can walk to.”

“CATS has benefitted me in many ways by getting me to and from work and doctor’s appointments, etc.”

“I’ve had students ask me for bus fare, and I was able to give them my CATS pass as I have my own car. They were so excited to have a month’s worth of passes!”

Who have you met while riding the CATS bus?

“While riding the CATS bus I’ve met lots of people. The best conversation I’ve had so far was someone interested in learning more about City Year. I was able to tell them about my service!”

“So many different people ride the bus. It makes me feel like a part of the community!”

City Year Baton Rouge is so grateful to CATS and their Business Development Manager, Theo Richards – a City Year Baton Rouge alum! – for their generous partnership.  It has had a tremendous impact on both our AmeriCorps members and the students they serve.

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