The limited stop route will serve the Mall of Louisiana, the intersection of Gardere and GSRI, the Emerge Center, and L’Auberge Casino.
The 46 Gardere Limited will operate seven days a week: Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:55 p.m.; Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 9:55 p.m.; and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to6:55 p.m. The service will run hourly, and buses will depart the Mall of Louisiana every hour on the hour. Buses will depart L’Auberge Casino every hour on the half hour.
Running the additional route will cost CATS $7,950.
The route is being funded by a combination of federal grant money and the additional property tax revenue generated from L’Auberge Casino, which was annexed into the City of Baton of Rouge late last year. The casino previously did not pay the CATS tax because it was not in the city limits. Baton Rouge leaders pursued annexation of the casino, in a move to retain the funds in the event the proposed city of St. George successfully incorporates.
The newest route is temporary and is slated to change at the end of March, at which point it will be incorporated into the regular Route 46 Gardere.
The Gardere route brings CATS total routes to 31, plus three limited stop routes.
“We are happy to be able to provide this limited stop service to another area of interest to our customers,” said CATS CEO Bob Mirabito in a statement. “We look forward to continuing to respond to the requests of our growing customer base and provide the most efficient service we can.”