Together Baton Rouge Wins Historic $17M Transit Election

Triumph of a proposition for funding public transit follows a 15-month constituency building campaign that brought together diverse institutions from across the city. Local leaders focused on neighborhood issues and organized a 1,000 person assembly to launch a month long effort to Get Out the Vote.

In photo, Diana Dorroh and Deborah Quinn of Together Baton Rouge team up Saturday morning to walk Baton Rouge neighborhoods and encourage voters to cast their ballot in support of CATS.

One month ago, more than one thousand institutional leaders from across the city convened at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church with a plan to pass a ballot initiative. This plan relied on thousands of conversations -- in congregations, at parks, in neighborhoods -- to convince voters to pass a property tax increase to dramatically overhaul the city's bus system to reduce waiting times and provide better service. The property tax will raise sufficient funds to expand and improve the Capital Area Transit System, and bring about greater accountability and oversight.

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Click here for additional background on Together Baton Rouge's constituency building campaign.