Covering Louisiana

Jul 26, 2014 1:18 PM by AP

Ridership rises on revamped bus system

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Three months after Baton Rouge's bus system expanded service and added routes, ridership is up though the agency continues to adjust service.

A challenge remaining is locating a transfer hub to replace one at the Mall of Louisiana.

The Advocate reports mall owners have told officials of the Capital Area Transit System, known as CATS, that the hub must be removed.

The transit system is working in other ways to improve service.

It recently extended lines and added stops on some routes. The agency has built new shelters at bus stops and is developing a Google-based online service that allowing riders to plan rides and transfers.

CATS figures show ridership increased about 9 percent from April to June - 592,715 compared with 546,058 for the same period of 2013.

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