Baton Rouge may expand bus route
BATON ROUGE, La. - Dreams of a streetcar serving the Nicholson Drive corridor that connects downtown Baton Rouge to LSU may take years to become reality, but the Capital Area Transit System is stepping up with a plan to fill the void.
The parish bus system has decided to dedicate about $1.8 million in federal grants to the growing Nicholson Drive corridor.
The system, known as CATS, received federal earmarks in 2006 for a service called Bus Rapid Transit, which is a faster bus route with more buses making limited stops - often using a dedicated lane.
CATS CEO Bob Mirabito said the funding includes about $823,000 for equipment that could be used for two buses and a shelter or station. The remaining money is dedicated to planning.