- Associated Press - Saturday, February 22, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Capital Area Transit System is expanding to additional office space at the nearby Mid City Towers.

The system’s board of commissioners approved a two-year lease that begins April 1 for 5,442 square feet. The lease will cost the agency, known as CATS, $73,500 the first year and $79,000 the second year.

Chief Executive Bob Mirabito says new hires and vehicle purchases have strained the agency’s current headquarters on Florida Boulevard.

“When I came to CATS there were three to four people in an office and our yard was set up for 55 vehicles,” Mirabito said. “Now we’re close to 100 vehicles plus the additional 70 operators that we’ve hired is putting pressure on our parking.”

Mirabito had hoped to get a lease approved for parking at Mid City Towers to station 20 buses, but the board deferred a vote on the parking lot lease this past week, citing concerns that neighbors weren’t properly informed.

Most administrative staffers will move to the fifth floor of the new building at 5700 Florida Blvd.

The Advocate reported (https://bit.ly/1h70ZW3) the old headquarters will continue to house maintenance workers, operations employees and the agency’s human resources offices.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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