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Baton Rouge may expand bus route

1 year ago June 21, 2014 Jun 21, 2014 Saturday, June 21 2014 Saturday, June 21, 2014 9:54:31 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

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.

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