Archive for Sunday, March 23, 1997


March 23, 1997


Columbia, Mo.

Population: 70,000

Major university: University of Missouri

System Columbia Area Transit System (CATS)

Organization: CATS is a division in the city's department of public works.

Service: CATS provides a fixed-route bus system, which operates 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays, plus 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturdays. The buses also run Thursday and Friday nights from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. A paratransit van service provides door-to-door service for elderly and disabled riders, who must schedule rides up to a day in advance. A shuttle service connects MU buildings and outlying parking lots.

Coverage: Five routes covering 60 percent of Columbia with a fleet of 30 buses and vans.

Ridership: 494,000 last year.

Fares: For buses it's 50 cents per ride for adults, and 25 cents for children and senior citizens. Monthly passes are $20, while semester passes are $45. For paratransit it's $1.

Annual budget: $2.3 million. Includes $1.6 million from the city's general fund, mostly from dedicated sales taxes, $360,000 from operating revenues and $305,000 from state and federal grants. MU pays $330,000 to finance the parking shuttle service.

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