Public Transit Journal

Baton Rouge, LA. USA

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Capitol Area Transit System (www.brcats.com) Route 47 Highland/LSU
Stop	#1250	Government @ St. Joseph	Eastbound
	#1361	Government @ Napoleon	Westbound
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Tue 27 Feb 2024 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound bus 171. Government at Napoleon. 7:00 AM.

 Signal bell pull cord in the rear section of the right-hand side. Riders
 with a working signal bell pull cord would request a stop for others.

Mon 26 Feb 2024 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound bus 405. Government at Napoleon. 7:08 AM.

 Signal bell is working on this relatively new electric bus.

 Eastbound bus 184. Government at St Joseph. 7:02 AM. 

Sat 23 Feb 2024 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound bus 208. Government at Napoleon. 7:01 AM.

 The bus is nearly full this morning.

Wed 21 Feb 2024 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound bus 408. Government at Napoleon. 7:02 AM.

 Signal bell not working on this relatively new electric bus.

 Riders have to call out to request a stop.

 Eastbound 212. Government at St Joseph. 6:56 AM.

Fri 16 Feb 2024 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound 401. Government at Napoleon. 7:07 AM.

 Signal bell not working on this relatively new electric bus.

 Riders have to call out to request a stop.

 Eastbound 404. Government at St Joseph. 6:57 AM.

Thu 15 Feb 2024 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 the bus is crowded and if that means more prople are using it,
 it's a good sign.

 Eastbound 404. Government at Napoleon. 6:59 AM.

Fri 09 Feb 2024 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound bus 404. Government at St. Joseph. 6:58 AM.

 Signal bell not working on this relatively new electric bus.

 Riders have to call out to request a stop.

Tue 06 Feb 2024 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound bus 404. Government at Napoleon. 7:05 AM.

 Signal bell not working on this relatively new electric bus.

 Riders have to call out to request a stop.

Mon 05 Feb 2024 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound bus 203. Government at Napoleon. 6:59 AM.

 Rear exit door out of order.

Thu 01 Feb 2024 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound bus 215. Government at Napoleon. 7:01 AM.

 Eastbound 413. Government at Napoleon. 6:59 AM.

Wed 31 Jan 2024 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound Bus 404. Government at Napoleon. 7:04 AM

 Signal bell not working on this relatively new electric bus.

 Riders have to call out to request a stop.

Tue 30 Jan 2024 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound Bus 404. Government at Napoleon. 7:06 AM

 Signal bell not working on this relatively new electric bus.

 Riders have to call out to request a stop.

Thu 25 Jan 2024 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound bus. 404. Government at Napoleon. 7:07 AM.

 Westbound Bus 404. Government at Napoleon. 7:06 AM

 Signal bell not working on this relatively new electric bus.

 Westbound bus. 404. Government at Napoleon. 7:07 AM.

 Westbound Bus 404. Government at Napoleon. 7:06 AM

 Signal bell not working on this relatively new electric bus.

Mon 29 Jan 2024 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound bus. 406. Government at Napoleon. 7:01 AM.

 Signal bell for the bus is barely audible and riders have to call out
 for a stop.

Thu 25 Jan 2024 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound bus. 404. Government at Napoleon. 7:07 AM.

 Signal bell pull cord on left land side behind the operator's seat is
 detached. Riders on that side have to call out to request a stop.

Wed 24 Jan 2024 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound bus. 404. Government at Napoleon. 7:07 AM.

 Bus arrivals on this route and at this stop have been more dependable.

 This bus had more riders than I've witnessed in quite some time.

 Signal bell pull cord on left land side behind the operator's seat is
 detached. Riders on that side have to call out to request a stop.

Tue 23 Jan 2024 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound bus. 404. Government and Napoleon. 7:04 AM.

 Signal bell pull cord on left land side behind the operator's seat is
 detached. Riders on that side have to call out to request a stop.

Mon 22 Jan 2024 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound bus. 412. Government at Napoleon. 6:58 AM.

 Cash and coin fare machine on this relatively new electric bus not
 working.

Fri 12 Jan 2024 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound bus. 188. Government at Napoleon. 7:03 AM.

 Brakes squeaking very loudly.

 Signal bell not working. Riders have to call out for a stop.

Thu 11 Jan 2024 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound bus. 407. Government at Napoleon. 7:03 AM.

 Signal bell not working. Riders have to call out for a stop.

Tue 09 Jan 2024 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound bus. 407. 7:05 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 Same pattern as previously. With one of the "regular" route operators,
 busses arrive and depart in a consistent and dependable pattern. With a
 "substitute" operator, busses arrive and depart in an inconsistent and
 unreliable pattern, often causing other LSU employees and myself to be
 late to report to our places of employment.

 Signal bell not working. Riders have to call out for a stop.

Thu 04 Jan 2024 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound bus. 404. 7:30 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 Myself and other LSU employees are late once again in reporting to
 our places of employment. The reader will please bear in mind that LSU
 subsidizes this transit system.

 Vertical upright detached from the overhead horizontal bar.

 Signal bell pull cord on left land side behind the operator's seat is
 detached. Riders on that side have to call out to request a stop.

 Eastbound bus. 404. 06:59 AM. Government and St.Joseph.

Tue Jan 2024 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.
CATS
 Westbound bus. 404. 7:01 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 Signal bell pull cord on left land side behind the operator's seat is
 detached. Riders on that side have to call out to request a stop.

Tue 19 Dec 2023 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound bus. 408. 7:02 AM. Government and Napoleon .

 Signal bell pull cord on left land side behind the operators seat is
 detached. Signal bell for the bus is not working and riders have to
 call out when they want to step off.

Tue 12 Dec 2023 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound bus. 408. 7:00 AM - Government and Napoleon.

 Signal bell pull cord on left land side behind the operator's seat is
 detached. Riders on that side have to call out to request a stop.

Fri 01 Dec 2023 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound Bus 406 7:07 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 The bus is dirty for a relatively new electric one and needs to be swept.

 There's a broken stop signal pull cord on the front left hand side,
 just behind the front wheel well.

Mon 27 Nov 2023 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound Bus 189 7:04 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 This route has been running pretty consistently at this time of the
 morning the past five or six days and we've been able to get to our
 jobs on time most of the past week, except for the previous Tuesday.

Tue 14 Nov 2023 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

Westbound Bus 163 8:35 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 Hour and forty-five minutes wait for the bus, due in part to an accident
 near Government and St. Ferdinand.

Fri 10 Nov 2023 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

Westbound Bus 191. 7:04 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 Rear exit door out of order.

Fri 03 Nov 2023 07:22:34 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

Westbound Bus 198. 7:22 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 Myself and other LSU employees are late once again in reporting to
 our places of employment. The reader will please bear in mind that LSU
 subsidizes this transit system.

Wed 01 Nov 2023 07:00:05 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

Westbound Bus 405. 7:00 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 Signal bell is now working again on this relatively new electric bus.

Tue 31 Oct 2023 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

Westbound Bus 405. 7:15 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 Signal bell not working on this relatively new electric bus.

Fri 27 Oct 2023 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

Westbound Bus 210. 7:05 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 Different operator behind the wheel but arrived early enough to be able
 to report to my employment on time.

 This operator stopped five feet from the corner of Government and
 Napoleon Streets The "regular" operator does so noticeably farther back.

Thu 26 Oct 2023 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

Westbound Bus 205. 6:48 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 Not in service.

Westbound Bus 404. 7:00 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 Signal bell pull cord on left land side behind the operator's seat is
 detached. Riders on that side have to call out to request a stop.

Wed 25 Oct 2023 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

Eastbound Bus 401. 7:02 AM. Government and St.Joseph.

Westbound Bus 179. 7:04 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 Rear window on the left is badly cracked and the stop signal pull string
 is not working on both sides of the bus.

Tue 24 Oct 2023 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

Westbound Bus 195. 7:00 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 The regular bus operator arrives at this stop consistently at or near
 this time, therefore making it easier for riders to know when to be
 present at the stop and waiting for the bus.

Mon 23 Oct 2023 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

Westbound Bus 179. 7:00 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 The signal bell pull-cord on the right side (behind the bus operator's
 position) appears to be detached.

 Riders on the right side of the bus request a stop vocally.

Fri 20 Oct 2023 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

Eastbound Bus 186. 7:03 AM. Government and St.Joseph.

Westbound Bus 404. 7:16 AM. Government and Napoleon.

Thu 19 Oct 2023 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

Eastbound Bus 186. 6:58 AM. Government and St.Joseph.

Westbound Bus 190. 7:02 AM. Government and Napoleon.

Wed 18 Oct 2023 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

Westbound Bus 217. 7:00 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 Regular driver behind the wheel and everything on this bus seems to work.

Tue 17 Oct 2023 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

Eastbound Bus 404. 6:35 AM. Government and St.Joseph.

 Signal bell pull cord on left land side behind the operator's seat is
 detached. Riders on that side have to call out to request a stop.

Westbound Bus 404. 7:03 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 Signal bell pull cord on left land side behind the operator's seat is
 detached. Riders on that side have to call out to request a stop.

 Signal bell pull cord is still detached on the front right-hand side
 and the detached wrist strap is still were it was left yesterday morning.

 Upon inspecting the the detached wrist strap, all that appears to be
 needed to safely secure it to its position on the overhead rail would
 be to apply and tighten the metal buckle/collar and screw.

Mon 16 Oct 2023 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

Eastbound Bus 181. 6:58 AM. Government and St.Joseph.

Westbound Bus 404. 7:07 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 Signal bell pull cord on the front right-hand side - forward of the
 exit door - is completely detached on this relatively new electric bus.

 Upon taking hold of an overhead hanging wrist strap, it became completely
 detached from the overhead rail and I nearly fell to the floor of
 the bus.

Fri 13 Oct 2023 07:00:50 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

Westbound Bus 400. 7:00 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 The signal bell and rear exit door are not working on this relatively
 new electric bus.

Eastbound Bus 400. 6:38 AM. Government and St.Joseph.

 Squeaky front end.

Thu 12 Oct 2023 07:01:57 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

Westbound Bus 407. 7:01 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 Signal bell not working on this relatively new elecric bus.

Eastbound Bus 407. 6:38 AM. Government and St.Joseph.

 One of the best operators I've ever ridden with on this transit system.

Wed 11 Oct 2023 07:04:42 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound Bus 404.

 Signal bell pull cord on left land side behind the operator's seat is
 detached. Riders on that side have to call out to request a stop.

Wed 11 Oct 2023 06:58:42 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Eastbound Bus 178.

Tue 10 Oct 2023 06:37:43 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Eastbound Bus 191. 6:37 AM. Government and St.Joseph.

 Westbound Bus 191. 7:01 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 Rear exit door out of order.

Fri 06 Oct 2023 - Route 47. Highland/LSU.

 Westbound Bus 189. 6:36 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 Overhead interior marquee malfunctioning.

 Signal bell not working.

Thu 05 Oct 2023 - Route 47. Highland/LSU. New Format.

 Eastbound Bus 189. 6:40 AM. Government and St.Joseph.

 Eastbound Bus 210. 6:58 AM. Government and St.Joseph.

 Westbound Bus 189. 7:01 AM. Government and Napoleon.

 Rear Exit door not working.

Wed 04 Oct 2023 07:21:55 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 201.

Westbound

 The overhead exterior marquee is not working. There is a varnished
 cardboard sign on the dashbord reading the number and route.

 Fifty-minute wait for a westbound bus, myself and other LSU employees
 are late once again in reporting to our places of employment. The reader
 will please bear in mind that LSU subsidizes this transit system.

 I didn't recognize the operator as someone I've seen drive this route
 before, maybe a substitute for a regular operator on this route.

Wed 04 Oct 2023 06:58:31 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 170.

Eastbound

Fri 29 Sep 2023 06:57:08 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 183.

Westbound

 Signal bell not working.

Fri 29 Sep 2023 06:34:47 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 183.

Eastbound

 I arrived at the westbound bus stop on Government at Napoleon at 6:30
 AM to witness this bus eastbound at 6:34 AM.

Thu 28 Sep 2023 07:17:42 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 206.

Westbound

 I'm at this bus stop at 6:45 AM today, ten minutes before a westbound
 bus is scheduled to leave the terminal. Driven by a regular operator
 for this route, Bus 205 stopped by at 7:17, arrived at the LSU campus
 by 7:25 AM and I was barely able to report to work by 7:35.

Wed 27 Sep 2023 07:01:42 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 198.

Westbound

 I'm at this bus stop at 6:45 AM today, ten minutes before a westbound
 bus is scheduled to leave the terminal. Driven by a regular operator
 for this route, Bus 198 stopped by at 7:01, arrived at the LSU campus
 by 7:15 AM and I was able to report to work five minutes early.


Tue 26 Sep 2023 07:45:57 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 200.

Westbound

 Fifty-minute wait for a westbound bus, myself and other LSU employees
 are late once again in reporting to our places of employment. The reader
 will please bear in mind that LSU subsidizes this transit system.

 I didn't recognize the operator as someone I've seen drive this route
 before, maybe a substitute for a regular operator on this route.

Tue 26 Sep 2023 07:10:43 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 181.

Eastbound

 While waiting since 6:55 AM for the westbound bus I witnessed two
 eastbound busses, the later being an electric bus.

Fri 22 Sep 2023 07:00:30 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 170.

Westbound

 I boarded the bus at 7:00 AM and the signal bell is working.

Wed 20 Sep 2023 07:05:35 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 183.

Westbound

 Signal bell not working.

Wed 20 Sep 2023 06:05:21 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 183.

Eastbound

Tue 19 Sep 2023 07:08:40 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 401.

Westbound

 The exterior overhead marquee is not working on this relatively new,
 all-electric bus.

 There is a placard on the right-hand side of the dashboard indicating
 the route name and number.

 Signal Bell is not working.

Fri 15 Sep 2023 07:13:33 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 216.

Westbound

 This was the 7:00 AM eastbound bus that was followed by Bus 205.

Fri 15 Sep 2023 07:00:41 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 216.

Eastbound

 ... followed by Bus 205 at 7:01 AM

Thu 14 Sep 2023 07:05:52 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 168.

Westbound

 Signal bell pull cord detached on one side in the rear of the bus.

 Some powder-like substance spilled on the rear bench seat 💺 that
 looks like it might be laundry 🧺 detergent.

Wed 13 Sep 2023 01:01:32 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 204.

Westbound

 The signal bell is not working.

Thu 07 Sep 2023 07:08:32 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 211.

Westbound

 The signal bell is not working.

 The engine suddenly stopped and the operator radioed as such to a voice
 on the speaker that did not seem to understand that she was not able
 to bring the bus back to the terminal.

 Upon restarting the engine, the operator motored slowly then at 7:11
 AM pulled off Highland road right next to the overpass where we waited
 for another CATS bus to pick us up.

 Bus 729 arrived at 7:20 AM. We're late in reporting to our employment
 once again but we're not as late as we might have been had a bus not
 arrived to pick us up so quickly.

 The signal bell is not working.

Wed 06 Sep 2023 07:02:05 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 408.

Westbound

 When riding the bus to campus makes it possible for other LSU employees
 and myself to report to our places of employment on time, we often
 thank the bus operator. Others' and myself did just that this morning.

Tue 05 Sep 2023 07:15:06 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 407.

Westbound

 I'm always at stop #1250 by 6:55 AM, the time at which - according to
 the CATS website - a westbound bus is scheduled to leave the terminal.

 There's never - that I know of - a problem when the "regular" operators
 that I see most every weekday are on the route. When they're operating
 the bus, it's easy to "get in sync" with the timing of their arrival
 and departure.

 It's when there's a "substitute" operator on this route that other LSU
 employees and myself wind up being late to report to our workplaces.

Fri 01 Sep 2023 09:00:25 AM CDT - Bus Tracking Application Upgrade

 It's been a month since the bus tracking application upgrade was promised
 to begin.

 Please see the thread below and confirm the source by going to link
 below the quoted news article posted on CATS' website.

  CATS Set To Upgrade Bus Tracking Application

  July 18, 2023 BATON ROUGE, La. -

  Capital Area Transit System (CATS) is happy to announce that they will
  be upgrading their bus tracking application and will begin the process
  of transitioning to the MyStop application on July 31st.

  "We are thrilled to bring this software to CATS and to the people we
  serve. It's well overdue and is essential to becoming a top transit
  system," said CATS Interim CEO Dwana Williams.

  Williams was echoed by CATS' Director of Innovation Micah Anthony:
  "The capabilities of this new software will not only enhance the riders'
  experience, but it will also help us tremendously with operations and
  data reporting."

  While the upgrade does mean a temporary loss of bus tracking
  capabilities during the transition period, the improved application
  comes with several new features including real-time graphical bus
  tracking, integrated service alerts via email and SMS notifications,
  improved trip planning enhanced via Google, and more.  Internally,
  MyStop will allow CATS to see and track data analytics that will
  help improve on time performance and make needed changes to schedules
  and routes.

  As CATS makes this transition to an improved application, riders
  are encouraged to check the CATS website www.brcats.com for current
  schedules and service alerts, or call The Customer Care Line at
  225.389.8282 for more information. The MyStop application is expected
  to be fully launched and available to riders later this year.

	Source: https://www.brcats.com/news/740

Fri 01 Sep 2023 07:05:44 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 184.

 Center seat-pad from the fold-down seating in the front of the bus
 is missing.

Thu 31 Aug 2023 07:03:08 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 184.

 Center seat-pad from the fold-down seating in the front of the bus
 is missing.

Tue 29 Aug 2023 07:03:10 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 192.

 Westbound.

 Signal bell not working and riders without their fares ready.

Mon 28 Aug 2023 07:03:49 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 408.

 Westbound.

 Signal bell not working on this relatively new, all-electric bus.

Fri 25 Aug 2023 07:02:23 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 401.

 Westbound.

 Signal bell not working on this relatively new, all-electric bus.

Fri 18 Aug 2023 07:05:28 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 405.

 Westbound.

 Signal bell not working on this relatively new, all-electric bus.

Thu 17 Aug 2023 07:12:18 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 216.

 Westbound.

 "AVL Route Test" displayed on the interior marquee.

Mon 14 Aug 2023 07:03:46 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 191.

 Westbound.

 I'm always at stop #1250 by 6:55 AM, the time at which - according to
 the CATS website - a westbound bus is scheduled to leave the terminal.

 There's never - that I know of - a problem when the "regular" operators
 that I see most every weekday are on the route. When they're operating
 the bus, it's easy to "get in sync" with the timing of their arrival
 and departure.

 It's when there's a "substitute" operator on this route that other LSU
 employees and myself wind up being late to report to our workplaces.

Mon 14 Aug 2023 06:58:17 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 217.

 Eastbound.

Fri 11 Aug 2023 07:35:07 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 407.

 Westbound.

 Westbound, crowded with many of the same LSU employees that I ride with
 every weekday and we are all late for work again. The signal bell is
 not working.

 Please be reminded that this transit system is subsidized by LSU.

Fri 11 Aug 2023 07:03:10 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 407.

 Eastbound.

 On it's way to the Terminal on Florida at N. 22 streets.

 There's usually a westbound bus on it's way from there.

Wed 09 Aug 2023 08:00:54 AM CDT - MyStop Tracking Application

 Nine days later and riders are still waiting on the transition and
 hoping this will make the transit system more usable.

Tue 08 Aug 2023 07:05:44 PM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 175.

 Westbound.

 The signal bell is not working and the pull cord on the left-hand side
 of the rider comparment appears to be detached.

Mon 07 Aug 2023 07:03:03 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 400.

 Westbound.

 The signal bell is not working on this relatively new, all-electric bus,
 there is a lot squeaking noises coming from the front and and an upright
 handrail in the rear section of the bus has become detached from the
 overhead horizontal rail.

Mon 31 Jul 2023 07:02:06 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 406.

 Westbound.

 Signal bell not working on this relatively new, all-electric bus.

Fri 28 Jul 2023 07:30:12 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 408.

 Westbound.

 Westbound, crowded with many of the same LSU employees that I ride with
 every weekday and we are all late for work again. The signal bell is
 not working.

 Please be reminded that this transit system is subsidized by LSU.

Fri 28 Jul 2023 07:06:29 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 174.

 Eastbound, followed by an all-electric and a CATS on Demand bus.

Thu 27 Jul 2023 07:09:01 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 174.

 For whatever reason, there seems to little or no air conditioning and
 the bus appears to be dirty inside. There's a fire extinguisher secured
 to a package/parcel rail with heavy tie-wraps.

Wed 26 Jul 2023 07:02:04 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 410.

 Westbound

 It's always a treat to ride an all-electric bus as they are quieter,
 making it easier to listen to music or podcasts thru headphones.

Tue 18 Jul 2023 07:32:23 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus407.

 Westbound

 I observed this bus eastbound at 7:02 AM, the same bus westbound at
 7:32 AM and no other bus in between. Other riders and myself who are
 employees of LSU - which subsidizes this very transit system - have
 been made - once again - late in reporting to our jobs.

 Signal bell not working.

Tue 18 Jul 2023 07:17:03 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus175.

 Eastbound with no Westbound bus preceding it.

Tue 18 Jul 2023 07:02:17 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus407.

 Eastbound.

Thu 13 Jul 2023 07:31:23 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 203.

 Westbound.

 I observed this bus eastbound at 7:03 AM, the same bus westbound at
 7:31 AM and no other bus in between. Other riders and myself who are
 employees of LSU - which subsidizes this very transit system - have
 been made - once again - late in reporting to our jobs.

Tue 11 Jul 2023 03:30:39 PM CDT  - Downtown-Vet. Bus 109.

 This route will be discontinued 11 August, 2023

Wed 05 Jul 2023 07:08:49 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 211.

 Foldable front seat secured in the folded position with fluorescent tape.

 Signal bell not working.

Mon 03 Jul 2023 11:21:41 AM CDT - Downtown Vet. Bus 109.

 The door panel to the door opening knob compartment will not secure.

Fri 30 Jun 2023 12:20:40 PM CDT - Downtown - Vet. Bus 109.

 I'd been tracking bus the entirety of the morning to try to establish
 a pattern and route so I'd know when to exit the air-conditioned
 building and make my way to a nearby bus stop next to Assembly Center
 in ninety-plus-degree heat in order to wait for the westbound bus.

 This particular operator made several deviations from the pattern I'd
 been tracking during the morning and I had a lot of difficulty getting
 to the nearby bus stop in time to wait for the westbound bus.

Mon 26 Jun 2023 07:01:06 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 192.

 Signal bell not working.

Thu 22 Jun 2023 07:05:47 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 193.

 The once taped closed with fluorescent tape folding right front seat
 is now available for riders to sit with visible tape reminants showing.

Wed 21 Jun 2023 07:11:14 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 160.

 Rear exit door not functioning. Riders have to exit at the front.

Fri 16 Jun 2023 07:04:16 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 201.

 Overhead marquee completely dark. Route "47 Highland / LSU"
 hand-written in marking pen on a varnished cardboard sign, resting
 on the dashboard. The opposite side (facing the rear of the bus) is
 printed with, "10 Scenic Hwy / Southern Univ."

Mon 12 Jun 2023 07:30:07 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 210.

 I observed this bus eastbound at 7:03 AM, the same bus westbound at
 7:31 AM and no other bus in between. Other riders and myself who are
 employees of LSU - which subsidizes this very transit system - have
 been made late in reporting to our jobs.

Wed 31 May 2023 07:03:45 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 193.

 Foldable front seat secured in the folded position with fluorescent tape.

Tue 30 May 2023 07:01:43 AM CDT Route 47. - Highland/LSU. Bus 180.

 Two seats intentionally blocked off in the passenger area.

Thu 25 May 2023 07:05:53 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 193.

 Foldable front seat secured in the folded position with fluorescent tape.

Mon 15 May 2023 07:04:13 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 183.

 Signal bell or interior marquee does not seem to be working properly.

 The engine shut down at the corner of Highland and Dalrymple.

Thu 11 May 2023 07:06:08 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 404.

 Signal bell pull cord on left land side behind the operator's seat is
 detached. Riders on that side have to call out to request a stop.

 It's always easier to listen to audio podcasts via headphones on electric
 powered buses because the latter are so much quieter.

Wed 10 May 2023 07:01:48 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 210.

 Good timing, on a par with cities that have usable public transit.

Tue 02 May 2023 07:04:15 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 186.

 Crowded bus, more so than usual.

Mon 01 May 2023 07:11:30 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 177.

 This was the first eastbound bus seen this morning, followed by Bus 173.

Mon 01 May 2023 07:00:30 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 173.

 Second eastbound bus seen this morning. The first seen eastbound was
 Bus 177.

Thu 27 Apr 2023 07:07:57 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 203.

 The rear exit doors don't open automatically. Those wishing to exit
 from the rear have to push them outward.

Wed 12 Apr 2023 07:05:03 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 203.

 Rear exit doors are not working. Riders have to exit through the front
 entrance doors next to the operator.

Mon 10 Apr 2023 07:51:53 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 212.

 Alert signal emitting repeatedly from the dashboard.

Wed 05 Apr 2023 06:59:28 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 402.

 All-electric busses are quieter than their combustion-engined
 counterparts, so listening to music/podcasts (via headphones) is a
 lot easier.

Wed 22 Mar 2023 07:07:36 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 402.

 All electric bus emitting a very high-pitched sound coming from within,
 possibly a fan or something that turns.

 Modular electrical connectors dangling from an upright where a stop
 signal button was once in place there.

 Overhead interior marquee not working.

Mon 20 Mar 2023 07:01:35 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 405.

 It is the ancedotal experience of myself and others that CATS buses are
 reasonably reliable during the weekday morning hours, while decidedly
 unreliable during the afternoon or weekend hours.

Wed 15 Mar 2023 07:04:56 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 402.

 The eastbound and westbound busses are running more consistently than
 usual this week, possibly due to a reduction in traffic around the LSU
 campus during this spring break week.

Fri 10 Mar 2023 07:05:06 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 189.

 Signal bell not working.

Wed 08 Mar 2023 07:03:30 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 190.

 Lots of people riding the bus this morning and that's a good thing
 to see.

Tue 07 Mar 2023 07:05:12 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 187,

 Interstate on-ramp traffic backed up all the way to St. Ferdinand and
 the bus had to go around stopped motor vehicles to continue its route.

Thu 02 Mar 2023 07:34:30 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 400.

 The signal bell is not working on this relatively new electric bus.

 I observed this bus eastbound at 7:03 AM, the same bus westbound at
 7:34 AM and no other bus in between. Other riders and myself who are
 employees of LSU - which subsidizes this very transit system - have
 been made - once again - late in reporting to our jobs.

Thu 02 Mar 2023 06:59:30 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 188.

 The marquee reads "NOT IN SERVICE," there's a bicycle in the rack,
 and the bus is making regular stops on the way to the bus terminal.

Thu 02 Mar 2023 06:59:30 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 407.

 Electric bus eastbound.

Mon 27 Feb 2023 07:09:51 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 211.

 There’s a sign office taped inside the bus that reads the signal bell
 is not working and that riders should notify the driver "2 stops before
 your exit."

Thu 23 Feb 2023 07:13:02 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 186.

 Signal bell not working.

Wed 22 Feb 2023 07:04:08 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 401.

 One of the new(er) electric busses, this one for which the signal bell
 is not working.

Thu 09 Feb 2023 07:18:08 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 167.

 Outbound bus running later than usual and I'll be late for work, again.

Thu 09 Feb 2023 06:57:06 AM CST Route 47. Highland LSU. Bus 167.

 The eastbound bus just passed by in an the eastbound lane of Government
 Street. The westbound bus should be be on it's way westbound on
 Government Street for another rider and myself to board.

Mon 30 Jan 2023 08:22:24 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 214.

 Outbound bus running later than usual and I'll be late for work, again.

Mon 30 Jan 2023 06:58:39 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 194.

 Inbound bus.

Wed 25 Jan 2023 07:02:31 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 218.

 Bus nearly full with folding seats in the front of the bus folded,
 possibly to make more available seating for the mobility-impaired.

Fri 20 Jan 2023 07:04:35 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 201.

 Overhead marquee not working.

Thu 19 Jan 2024 03:27:41 PM CST Downtown Circular. Bus 407.

 All-electric bus inoperable at the North Boulevard Town Square Transit
 Pavillion and watiting to hitched up to an independantly owned and
 operated tow truck. `

Wed 18 Jan 2023  7:01:51 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 185.

 Bus nearly full.

Wed 18 Jan 2023  6:59:22 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 201.

 Overhead marquee not working.

Thu 12 Jan 2023 07:08:26 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 189.

 Signal bell not working.

Fri 06 Jan 2023 07:09:06 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 168.

 Some seats are damp/wet.

Wed 04 Jan 2023 07:23:22 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 174.

 Replacement bus for which the marquee read "14 Thomas Delpit / W
 Roosevelt" and the electronic fare box did not seem to be working
 properly. I'm a few minutes' late for work today.

Wed 04 Jan 2023 07:01:21 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 406.

 Electric bus eastbound to the terminal.

Wed 21 Dec 2022 07:11:28 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 204.

 Brakes sqeaking loudly and an overhead panel in the rider compartment
 is open and hanging down with a continuous alarm sounding off every
 often or so.

Tue 06 Dec 2022 07:05:49 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 210.

 Bus 181 eastbound to the terminal. Bus 210 westbound to campus.

Mon 05 Dec 2022 07:22:58 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 177.

 This is the bus I saw going eastbound to the terminal. I see a number
 of the same riders that I see every weekday morning when I ride this
 bus westbound to campus. CATS is either short a bus on this route or
 the westbound bus to campus left the terminal earlier than usual.

Mon 21 Nov 2022 07:04:57 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 194.

 Signal bell not working.

Fri 18 Nov 2022 07:05:39 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 401.

 Signal bell not working on this relatively new, all-electric bus.

Thu 17 Nov 2022 7:17:28 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 402.

 This is the same All-Electric bus I just previously saw eastbound to
 the terminal. The signal bell isn't working while others and myself
 only just made it to campus to report to classes or employment on time.

Wed 16 Nov 2022 07:04:17 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus.

 Said "Good morning!" to a Facebook friend while walking south on Napoleon
 St. to bus stop 1361 on the corner of Government and Napoleon Streets.

Tue 15 Nov 2022 07:05:43 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus.

 Operator singing softly as she operates the bus made my Tuesday morning
 ride to campus a more pleasant one.

 UPDATE: there was a rider alert posted on a social media platform but
 a lot of riders either don't have access to or don't use social media.

Fri 11 Nov 2022 07:15:46 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus.

 I've not seen a out- or eastbound bus at this stop #1361 7:00 AM -
 7:15 AM - and no rider alert on their web site at www.brcats.com - so
 I'm walking to North Boulevard Town Square to wait for the LSU Downtown
 Vet. Tiger Trails Bus to ride to campus.

 UPDATE: there was a rider alert posted on a social media platform but
 a lot of riders either don't have access to or don't use social media.

Tue 08 Nov 2022 07:05:28 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 188.

 Despite interstate traffic backed all the way to St. Ferdinand,
 with inconsiderate motor vehicle operators blocking turning lanes and
 intersections, the bus operator managed to get co-workers and myself
 to campus on time to report for our employment.

Mon 07 Nov 2022 07:02:53 AM CST Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 181.

 Advertising banners becoming detached from the inside and advertising
 screens peeling away from the corners of windows on the outside.

Wed 02 Nov 2022 07:05:50 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 215

 An overhead banner reads, "224,826 average daily riders."

Tue 01 Nov 2022 07:05:52 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 183.

 Signal bell not working.

Wed 26 Oct 2022 07:05:50 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 183.

 Brakes on the bus sound as if they are worn and need to be replaced.

Fri 21 Oct 2022 07:08:56 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 193.

 Operator in training under the supervision of another.

Thu 20 Oct 2022 07:10:13 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus.

 Brand new electric bus. Moving on up!

Wed 19 Oct 2022 -7:08:05 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 171.

 Signal bell pull string in right rear section of the bus detached.

Mon 17 Oct 2022 07:12:42 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 184.

 Signal bell string detached on one side of the bus.

Thu 13 Oct 2022 03:39:33 PM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 170.

 There are no LSU Tiger Trails busses running today so I'll have to use
 CATS to get within walking distance from home.

Thu 13 Oct 2022 07:06:53 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 170.

 Brakes on the bus sound as they are worn and need to be replaced.

Mon 10 Oct 2022 02:55:52 PM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 176.

 Boarded the bus at 2:55. PM. because the Downtown Vet School bus
 is chartered elsewhere until 4 PM so I'll ride this one to the
 Highland/Mayflower bus stop, then cross Government at Napoleon St.

Wed 07 Sep 2022 10:45:31 AM CDT -

 The Lugubrious Litany Continues

Wed 07 Sep 2022 07:15:54 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus. 177.

 Boarded the bus at 7:05 AM. Arrived on campus at 7:15 AM. The bus
 is nearly full again. I don't have to worry about this route being
 discontinued because so many people use it

Tue 06 Sep 2022 03:28:01 PM CDT - Downtown Vet. Bus 108.

 23 minute wait for the westbound to downtown bus but that's a signt
 better than either stepping off the Highland Rd bus at Mayflower and
 crossing Government St at Napoleon or riding the rest of the way to
 the bus terminal and waiting for the next bus going downtown.

Tue 06 Sep 2022 07:16:45 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus 168.

 Boarded the west-bound bus from the corner of Government and Napoleon at
 7:06 AM and arrived on campus at 7:16 AM. Post Labor Day and so far this
 public transportation to campus arrangement seems to be working. Fingers
 crossed this will continue.

Fri 02 Sep 2022 03:41:11 PM CDT - Downtown Vet. Bus 108

 6 minute wait for the westbound to downtown bus.

Fri 02 Sep 2022 07:05:23 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus. 174.

 Boarded the bus at 7:05 AM. The signal bell is still not working.
 The operator gave us an exciting ride to campus. Arrived there at
 7:15 AM.

Thu 01 Sep 2022 04:11:47 PM CDT - Downtown Vet. Bus

 6 minute wait for the westbound to downtown bus. Good to be able to get
 "in sync" with the afternoon bus by means of changing and rearranging
 my public transportation and work schedules.

Thu 01 Sep 2022 07:05:17 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus.170.

 Boarded the bus at 7:05 AM. the bus is nearly full. Arrived on campus
 at 7:15 AM.

Wed 31 Aug 2022 03:10:07 PM CDT - Downtown Vet. Bus 108.

 Five minute wait for the westbound to downtown bus. The bus stop has
 changed once again. Now, it's 301 North Boulevard, in front of the
 Subway on the corner of 3rd St.

Wed 31 Aug 2022 07:12:17 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland/LSU. Bus. 171.

 Boarded the bus at 7:02 AM. Arrived on campus at 7:12 AM. The walking
 distance from 701 Spanish Town Rd. to the city bus stop at 701 Government
 St. is about the same as it is to North Boulevard Town Square.

Fri 26 Aug 2022 03:18:31 PM CDT - Downton Vet. Bus 108

 The walking distance to the Highland/LSU bus stop on Government at
 Napoleon St. is nearly the same as the current LSU Tiger Trails bus
 stop on North Blvd at St. Louis St.

Tue 23 Aug 2022 07:16:29 AM CDT - Route 47 - Highland Rd / LSU. Bus 172

 Boarded the bus at 7:06 AM. Arrived on campus at 7:16.

Mon 22 Aug 2022 07:10:18 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland Rd/LSU. Bus 174

 Signal bell not working.

Fri 19 Aug 2022 08:39:25 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland Rd/LSU. Bus 186

 Boarded the bus at 7:03 AM and arrived at my destination at 7:13 AM.
 For three weekdays in a row, I've been able to be in my cubicle by
 7:30 AM.

Thu 18 Aug 2022 07:12:06 AM CDT - Route 47 - Highland Rd / LSU. Bus 186.

 Boarded the bus at 7:05 AM and arrived at my destination 7:12 AM.

Wed 17 Aug 2022 07:12:44 AM CDT - Route 47. Highland Rd/LSU. Bus 186.

 Boarded the bus at 7:02 AM and arrived at my destination 7:12 AM.

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