LA Swift bus service to end July 31
BATON ROUGE - State transportation officials today announced that the LA Swift bus service will stop operations next week.
The Department of Transportation and Development said they could not secure local funding to keep paying for the service, which was put in place after Hurricane Katrina to move affected people between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. It will officially stop running on July 31.
DOTD said the system was 100 percent funded by the federal government, but continuing past July would cost the state $750,000 a year to match federal contributions.
They said an increase in fares could have offset the operating cost, but federal regulations would not allow that money to be used to match federal funds.
The service was scheduled to end June 30, but was extended using under-run federal funs from the program.