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State ending LA Swift bus service this month

3 years 4 months 2 weeks ago June 07, 2013 Jun 7, 2013 Friday, June 07 2013 June 07, 2013 7:40 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - LA Swift, the state-run commuter bus service between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, is shutting down.

The state Department of Transportation and Development announced Friday that the bus service that began in October 2005 will stop running on June 30, when federal money available for the bus service shrinks.

DOTD says it would cost the state $750,000 annually to fill the gap caused by declining federal funding and continue the service.

The bus service started to help people displaced by Hurricane Katrina get to New Orleans. But it's expanded into a regular means of transportation for some commuters.

More than 10,000 riders use the bus service monthly, according to DOTD.

LA Swift costs $10 for a roundtrip ticket. Stops are in Baton Rouge, Gonzales, Sorrento, LaPlace, Kenner and New Orleans.

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