New CATS routes expected in coming weeks
New and improved bus routes are being finalized and are weeks away from being unveiled, CATS CEO Bob Mirabito tells Daily Report. He says the proposed routes are "at the engineers' office getting scheduled" and should be finished within the next couple of weeks. He won't call the new routes a grid, which had been a stated goal for them, but says the new routes will improve service. The current routes are based on a hub-and-spoke system, which has been criticized as inefficient. "It's a new design," Mirabito says. "I'm not going to call it a grid, I'm not going to call it a hub. I'm just going to tell you that our service is going to be a lot better than it is today. I've been focused on the improvement in service." Getting the new routes implemented, he says, will depend on how long it takes to get a new program manager seated. "It depends upon how quickly we can get the program manager in. We're still shooting for the first quarter of 2014, but again, a lot of it is still moving and we need the support of the program manager." That process was delayed after discrepancies in the selection process last month. Mirabito says he hopes to issue a new RFP for the private management contract by the end of this month. —April Castro
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