Chamber policy statement supports passenger rail service from Baton Rouge to New Orleans

April 21, 2016

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is pouncing on Gov. John Bel Edwards’ repeated support for commuter rail service between New Orleans and Baton Rouge by using commuter patterns, traffic problems and the state’s fiscal woes to make the case.Website Insert Passenger Trains Very Well copy

Much of the estimated $260 million price tag could be funded by federal dollars, BRAC said in a policy statement issued Tuesday. That would be far cheaper than the $1.2 billion the state estimates is needed to expand Interstate 10 from Highland Road in Baton Rouge to Loyola Drive in Kenner.
“A passenger rail line can better connect the super-region’s 1.4 million people, along with nearly half of the state’s jobs, at just over 20 percent of the cost of highway expansion,” the report said.

The report said rail service would open up job opportunities across the region for those without cars; help save transportation costs for others; link people to health care services in Baton Rouge and New Orleans; and support tourism.

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