Baton Rouge awarded $1.8M grant to study developing transit system between LSU and downtown

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Baton Rouge has been awarded a $1.8 million federal transportation grant to study plans to develop a high-capacity transit system along Nicholson Drive to better connect LSU and downtown.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1nKXK9B ) the money is being allocated from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, Grant Program.

There has been discussion about developing a streetcar line between LSU and downtown, because of all the large-scale construction projects either underway or slated to begin.

John Fregonese, the planner who is helping to implement the FutureBR land-use plan, has said a 7.38-mile streetcar line running from the State Capitol to Tiger Stadium would be feasible, could be built without rebuilding roads.

Mayor-President Kip Holden and LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander said the grant will benefit LSU and downtown.


Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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