Rail lines could be the future of Baton Rouge

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Posted: Feb 6, 2014 10:30 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: mid city, old south baton rouge, revitalization, new orleans, baton rouge

BATON ROUGE- The future of the revitalization effort in two areas of the city could rely heavily on rail lines.

Redevelopment planners want a street car to connect downtown with areas in Old South Baton Rouge and eventually LSU. The area is in the center of a new development to study coastal erosion called the Water Campus. Construction on the facility is set to begin soon.

A few miles away, in Mid City, planners hope a commuter rail line between Baton Rouge and New Orleans will being and end at an old power plant. The facility on Government Street was donated and will be revitalized, possibly into a train station if the rail line happens.

A feasibility study of a passenger line between the two cities will be released later this month. The train would likely make stops in Gonzales, LaPlace and Kenner, too.
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