Letter: Buses need dependability, not GPS

Spending $1.4 million for a GPS system on the CATS buses? You have got to be kidding me. I am in complete agreement with the consultant that recently concluded that the management of CATS needs to go.

The bus system should run on a set schedule that can be relied on by its riders. If the schedule is kept, then the riders know where the buses are going to be based on the schedule. If the schedule is not kept, then the whole system becomes worthless because the rider cannot count on the bus to get where he is going. Spend the money on keeping the buses on schedule!

I doubt most bus riders have a smartphone to track the buses, so putting in this system does nothing for them. Even those who have a smartphone would get the worthless information that the bus is late again and they are going to be late for work again and possibly lose their job. That’s nice to know. Thanks, CATS!

The CATS system does not need this gold-plated addition. What is needed is a bus system the riders can trust to get them from where they are to where they want to be in a reliable and timely manner.

Donald Drone

retired electrical engineer

Denham Springs