Mayor touts proposed tram as futuristic; expected to ask for funding Wednesday
BATON ROUGE - At a community meeting to discuss his proposed tram project, Mayor Kip Holden touted the project as something that will bring the city into the future.
The proposed Tramlink BR line would run along Nicholson from LSU toward downtown and jumps to St. Ferdinand via Europe Street and continues toward the capitol on 4th Street once it passes city government buildings. Planners envision stops possibly at North Street, Florida, North Boulevard, Spain Street, Europe Street, two stops around the Water Campus in Old South Baton Rouge, Van Buren, W. McKinley, Aster and two stops around Tiger Stadium and LSU.
Trains would run in 15 or 20-minute intervals between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday and until midnight on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The city anticipates the cost to be about $170 million but says only $34 million would come from local sources. The mayor believes that's a small price to pay.
"We're taking Baton Rouge into a new era," Holden told News 2 at Tuesday's community meeting in the Baton Rouge River Center. "It's very important to get the public input, but we believe based on what we've heard so far that we should be moving forward and transitioning baton rouge into the next generation."
The mayor is also expected to introduce a preliminary request for funding for the project at Wednesday's Metro Council meeting.