March 4, 2015 11:53 AM
BATON ROUGE - A transportation funding task force recommended Wednesday that an existing Louisiana state gas tax could get a boost to help deal with budget shortfalls in the state.
The task force recommended that the existing tax be tied to the consumer price index. Lawmakers said that would... more »
January 28, 2015 3:25 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Wednesday for a new streetcar line in New Orleans. The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority says the ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on North Rampart Street near the New Orleans Athletic Club. Construction began earlier this month on the 1.6-mile... more »
January 16, 2015 4:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - For the first time Friday, the four declared candidates for governor gathered to discuss hot topic issues facing Louisiana.
Republicans David Vitter, Jay Dardenne and Scott Angele along with democrat John Bel Edwards all focused on infrastructure problems and not enough money to pay for necessary... more »
January 16, 2015 3:34 AM
BATON ROUGE - The four announced candidates for governor, in their first campaign forum, were in agreement that the public has lost faith in the way Louisiana uses gasoline tax money that goes into a Transportation Trust Fund.
A primary target in Friday's forum: $60 million in trust fund... more »
December 29, 2014 4:40 PM
PLAQUEMINE - The state is considering adding a second ferry in the Plaquemine area.
The current route connects Plaquemine in Iberville Parish with Sunshine in Ascension Parish. Drivers on the west side of the Mississippi River say it's a headache dealing with Baton Rouge traffic.
"We need some... more »
December 2, 2014 11:24 PM
ZACHARY- State traffic engineers will rebuild the lighting sequence of red, green and yellow lights at a busy intersection starting next week.
Tuesday, the state announced plans to only allow vehicles to make a left turn from Highway 61 to Highway 64 when there is a left-turn arrow showing.... more »
November 14, 2014 4:55 PM
BAYOU CORNE - State leaders have a $10 million plan in place in case the Bayou Corne sinkhole expands near Louisiana Highway 70.
The sinkhole is about 1,000 feet from the highway right now. The majority of Bayou Corne residents parted ways after the sinkhole swallowed up 37 acres... more »
November 3, 2014 7:35 AM
BATON ROUGE - You'll have to decide on 14 amendments when you head to the polls tomorrow. One group wants to make things easier by encouraging voters to improve Louisiana's roadways.
4 for the Roads wants voters to approve Amendment Four. It gives the state treasurer the power to... more »
October 30, 2014 3:00 PM
BATON ROUGE - State transportation leaders and legislators met Thursday at the State Capitol to discuss road projects slated for next year.
The Department of Transportation and Development says its budget for fiscal year 2015-16 is nearly $650 million, but there's more than $12 billion worth of needs in... more »
October 24, 2014 11:09 PM
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana highway chiefs said Friday, the state has discontinued the use of guardrails caught up in an investigation and lawsuit surrounding allegations the design was changed and have caused people to lose limbs or even die in crashes across the country.
"DOTD has discontinued the use of... more »
September 30, 2014 4:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - Former Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Kam Movassaghi outlined suggestions on how to improve Louisiana's transportation system.
Movassaghi presented new ways of doing things Tuesday to a transportation funding task force at the State Capitol. He says the changes need to start at the top... more »
September 29, 2014 4:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - Some of IBM's top talent are in Baton Rouge to solve the city's traffic problems.
It's part of IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge that grants cities $500,000 to solve its biggest issue. The team of six experts met with city leaders Monday to introduce themselves and kick... more »
September 29, 2014 10:50 AM
BATON ROUGE - Consultants from IBM arrive in Baton Rouge today to begin three weeks of study that will hopefully emerge with solutions to the city's constant issues with transportation.
The panel of experts from the technology giant meet in the Metro Council Chamber with Mayor-President "Kip" Holden and... more »
September 25, 2014 11:00 AM
BATON ROUGE - Transportation headaches have long been as much a part of life in the Capital City as LSU tailgating and Pat Shingleton's weather forecasts. On Monday, a team of IBM experts will come together to kick off a study that could produce a solution to one of Baton... more »
August 18, 2014 10:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - A newly-released audit provided even more light on the public bus system's mismanaged record keeping.
Auditors reviewed records from 2013 and found Capital Area Transit System money was overspent and not recorded properly. The findings are in addition to previous reports about serious issues with how... more »
July 18, 2014 7:14 PM
BATON ROUGE- Paperwork has not been finalized for the ride-sharing service Uber, but drivers will still be allowed to pick up riders through the weekend.
The city said at the close of business Friday, the company had not submitted a full application. The paperwork submitted appears to be incomplete,... more »
July 15, 2014 4:26 PM
WASHINGTON - The House has passed a bill that would temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs. The vote was 367 to 55. A similar bill is pending in the Senate. The bill cobbles together $10.8 billion by using pension tax changes, customs fees and... more »
June 25, 2014 10:25 PM
BATON ROUGE - There will soon be another form of transportation in the capital city since city leaders approved plans for ride-sharing companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar to hit the streets.
Uber, the only ride-sharing company present at Wednesday's Metro Council meeting, allows people to use an app... more »
June 17, 2014 8:48 AM
BATON ROUGE - Capital Area Transit System CEO Bob Mirabito stopped by 2une In Tuesday to talk about ridership numbers and National Dump the Pump Day.
Over 400,000 passengers boarded CATS buses in April and May this year. That is an increase of nearly 27,000 from a year ago.... more »
May 15, 2014 10:59 PM
BATON ROUGE- The state put restrictions on commercial vehicles traveling I-12 through the construction zones between Walker and the Tangipahoa Parish line.
The restrictions will hopefully reduce the number of wrecks in the area, the Department of Transportation and Development said. Recently, crashes have caused day-long traffic jams.
... more »
March 27, 2014 9:43 AM
BATON ROUGE - CATS Director Bob Mirabito sat down with Whitney Vann on Thursday to talk about upcoming changes to the bus system in Baton Rouge.
CATS will roll our new routes and schedules this weekend. The bus tracking app is also expected to be up-and-running. The changes are... more »
March 25, 2014 11:33 AM
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge is one of four U.S. cities or counties to receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant for 2014.
The grant program sends teams of IBM experts to provide consulting expertise for select cities and regions around the country and world.
An IBM team... more »
December 13, 2013 9:17 AM
METAIRIE - The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway will pay the Texas A&M Transportation Institute up to $100,000 to come up with options to improve the bridge's retaining walls and prevent vehicles from vaulting off the span. The bridge commission voted unanimously Thursday to authorize General Manager Carlton Dufrechou to negotiate a... more »
November 6, 2013 10:43 PM
BATON ROUGE- People testified before lawmakers Wednesday, telling them traffic congestion is almost out of control here.
They are begging for help that might not come. Money to fund the projects is hard to come by and previous efforts to obtain funds have failed.
Some projects are years... more »
October 18, 2013 11:48 PM
CENTRAL- Hooper Road will get a needed upgrade soon.
A $1 million project will expand the highway to four lanes. The state is paying for the work.
Only a section will be done at first, then more will be expanded. The plan calls for the stretch from Blackwater... more »
September 23, 2013 10:43 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System is meeting with people in the community and talking about proposed changes to bus routes.
CATS will add routes and change existing ones as part of its promise when a tax was approved by voters to dedicate money to the system.
... more »
September 18, 2013 11:38 AM
LAKE CHARLES - Two airports in southwestern Louisiana are getting federal money.
Both Chennault Industrial Airport Authority in Lake Charles and the Jefferson Davis Airport Commission in Jennings have received U.S. Department of Transportation grants. Chennault in Lake Charles received $2 million for fixing the runway and for a... more »
September 2, 2013 9:02 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System is looking for suggestions as the system plans a new set of routes for 2014.
Eight routes could be added and changes may be made to existing ones.
Bus riders have ideas of their own.
"Baton Rouge is growing so... more »
June 15, 2013 10:39 AM
CHICAGO - The newest piece of Chicago's transit puzzle will not rumble between skyscrapers on its 100-year-old elevated rail lines or utilize its fleet of hybrid buses. The city is turning to thousands of bicycles to send commuters and visitors zipping on their way. Chicago joins New York, Los Angeles... more »
May 26, 2013 10:12 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. - Applications have been received from 10 people seeking the temporary position to lead the Capital Area Transit System. The Advocate reports the group includes former employees of the system, known as CATS, a former Baton Rouge mayoral candidate and the former general manager of the New... more »
May 20, 2013 10:17 PM
GONZALES- More experts suggest a state law needs to be changed, so drivers have a clearer understanding of the proper way young children should be restrained in car seats.
A WBRZ News 2 Investigation found the law is outdated. Doctors recommend babies remain rear facing until they are two-years-old.... more »
May 15, 2013 6:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Senate Transportation Committee has backed a proposal to use Louisiana driver's licenses to comply with federal law requiring each state to create a national identification card for air travel, including domestic flights. Senators added that language into a bill by Rep. Johnny Guinn, seeking to reverse... more »
May 14, 2013 9:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers plan to take a look at resolving the frontwards/backwards child seat requirements.
State law tells parents to face kids a year and older forward in their car seats.
But a American Academy of Pediatrics 2011 study showed children under two are 75 percent... more »
February 21, 2013 8:55 AM
THOMSON, Ga.- The National Transportation Safety Board says in a statement that a small jet "overran" a runway during its landing and crashed into a wooded area in eastern Georgia. Authorities say five people died in the crash shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday and two others were taken to a... more »
February 13, 2013 10:11 AM
GONZALES - Leaders in Ascension and Livingston will hold meetings next week to discuss an upcoming feasibility study on constructing a new pathway between the parishes.
Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez made the announcement today.
Officials say the study will look at the impacts of building a new... more »
February 13, 2013 7:48 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $24.1 million grant to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to fix highways affected by Hurricane Isaac. Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter says the money will start the process of rebuilding or repairing infrastructure that suffered significant damaged... more »
February 1, 2013 6:51 AM
BATON ROUGE - The parish bus system's governing board began a series of meetings Thursday to discuss how to move the system forward following a recent report that recommended replacing CATS' top managers with contracted employees from a transit management firm. The Advocate reports some members of the Capital Area... more »
January 16, 2013 5:59 AM
NEW YORK - More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and matrons have gone on strike over job protection. Some 152,000 students, many disabled, have to find other ways to get to school.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott says the strike started at 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Most... more »
December 21, 2012 4:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - State transportation officials are trying to negotiate a $174 million federal loan to ease problems in paying for a toll bridge in south Louisiana. The $371 million bridge, which opened in 2009, is on Louisiana Highway 1 in Leeville and crosses Bayou Lafourche, just west of Grand... more »
December 11, 2012 10:41 AM
WASHINGTON - A federal safety board is recommending that all states require ignition interlock devices for convicted drunk drivers, including first-time offenders. The five-member National Transportation Safety Board said the devices are currently the best available solution to reducing drunk driving deaths, which account for about a third of the... more »
December 11, 2012 10:29 AM
WASHINGTON - A federal study says about 360 people a year are killed in wrong-way driving crashes on high-speed highways, a majority of which involve alcohol.
The National Transportation Safety Board was meeting Tuesday to review the study and consider recommendations on countermeasures to prevent such collisions.
One... more »
November 9, 2012 8:32 PM
BATON ROUGE- For the first time since voters approved a controversial tax in the spring to fund city public buses, leaders with the Capital Area Transit System will present its full operating budget for 2013.
The budget will include the full tax revenue and could amount to $18 million,... more »
October 15, 2012 5:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Transportation and Development is working to repave a bumpy patch of Florida Blvd.
The 2.6 mile stretch is from N. Foster Dr. to Airline Highway. Prep work has begun in the intersection of N. Foster Dr. and by the Airline Highway ramps.
... more »
September 25, 2012 10:14 AM
GONZALES - Gonzales officials are a few weeks away from unveiling a comprehensive transportation improvement plan that includes upgrades to many of city's major roads.
Glenn Shaheen, a consultant and engineer working on the transportation plan, called The Go Program, presented a preliminary report to the city council on... more »
August 27, 2012 10:29 AM
NEW ORLEANS - State transportation officials say toll collection is being suspended on two major bridges in south Louisiana. The suspension affects the Louisiana Highway 1 bridge, an evacuation route for the Grand Isle and Port Fourchon areas along the coast, and the Crescent City Connection, which links the New... more »
August 13, 2012 5:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - The LSU football season kicks off in less than three weeks, and the Capital Area Transit System wants to give you a lift to Tiger Stadium.
Fans can ride the Touchdown Express Service to and from the stadium every home game. The service runs a continuous... more »
April 9, 2012 5:23 PM
BATON ROUGE- State Representative Sherman Mack, R- Livingston, says the Louisiana DOTD needs to begin examining plans to widen Highway 190 east of Baton Rouge.
He will ask the state for a study on the project tomorrow during a Louisiana House Transportation Committee meeting. Mack says an exact dollar... more »
April 9, 2012 10:24 AM
BATON ROUGE- There is already construction underway to relieve traffic along Interstate 12. Now a state lawmaker wants another project examined by DOTD. It involves widening Hwy. 190 between Baton Rouge and Hammond. There is already construction underway to relieve traffic along Interstate 12. Now a state lawmaker wants another... more »
April 2, 2012 12:11 PM
BATON ROUGE- A House committee is reviewing a transportation bill that would assess the feasibility of adding two lanes to Florida Boulevard (Highway 190.)
Rep. Sherman Q. Mack is the primary author of the bill.
An expanded highway would begin at the Tangipahoa Parish line and end at... more »
March 14, 2012 11:04 AM
MONROE- Monroe Regional Airport is moving forward on rehabilitating runways with the help of grants from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. The News-Star reports the Monroe City Council on Tuesday accepted $1.5 million in grants to rehabilitate six taxiways. The council then voted to enter into an agreement... more »
February 29, 2012 1:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Transporation and Development said today that safety measures already in place on I-12 would do until April, when construction barriers and a lane shift there are supposed to be removed.
State Police said this morning a Texas trucker was driving too fast... more »
January 20, 2012 5:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - Less than a month in and The Department of Transportation and Development says Boh Brothers construction in making significant progress on completing the Interstate 10 widening project.
Boh Brothers took over the expansion between the 10/12 split and Siegen Lane after the state fired Austin Bridge... more »
December 21, 2011 8:22 AM
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish's public transit board says that if it doesn't find more financing, buses will stop rolling next summer.
The Advocate reports that the CATS 2012 operating budget of $9.5 million only covers half the year. Board members pledged to try to find more... more »
December 19, 2011 3:48 PM
ADDIS - State Transportation leaders are planning to add a "J" turn at a deadly intersection. It's at LA One and Sugar Plantation Parkway.
Over the weekend, 68-year-old Elise Boudreaux was killed there. Earlier this year, Les Miles' sister, Ann Hope Brown died there too.
State Transportation leaders... more »
September 26, 2011 10:34 PM
BATON ROUGE- After spending the summer tweaking a controversial busing plan for students in East Baton Rouge Parish, no one's sure if it's working.
Parents complained budget cuts would send more students to a controversial transfer point on North Sherwood Forest. The district compromised by creating collection points. That... more »
August 2, 2011 5:26 PM
PORT ALLEN - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will wrap up a two-day inspection of the LA 1 bridge in Port Allen on Wednesday.
Crews are using a high-tech bucket truck on rental from the state to do the work. One lane will be shut down on... more »
July 18, 2011 10:54 PM
BATON ROUGE- Threats of breaking off and creating a new school district in Baton Rouge forced change to the system's busing plan.
Monday night, the district revealed a transportation plan for gifted and talented students that was a compromise between the district and parents.
Those parents started complaining... more »
June 22, 2011 5:13 PM
ST. AMANT - After an inspection last month, the Department of Transportation and Development decided the bridge on Harry Savoy Road in St. Amant needed to be fixed.
Crews started dismantling the bridge Monday morning. The next step will be replacing the rotten wooden pilings with new ones. The... more »
June 20, 2011 10:30 PM
BATON ROUGE- Larger class sizes, school closures, canceled year-round schooling and no more teacher stipends are all the result of more than $30 million in cuts to the East Baton Rouge Parish School System budget for next school year.
The school board gave a unanimous thumbs-up to the spending... more »
June 16, 2011 5:50 AM
BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has started collecting a list of potential ways it could save money in transporting children to school. School Board member Kenyetta Nelson-Smith is leading up the effort. Nelson-Smith said Wednesday's meeting aimed to determine the issues that a still-to-be-named transportation task... more »
June 3, 2011 5:51 PM
PLAQUEMINE - It's been well over three weeks since the Plaquemine ferry crossed the Mississippi River. That all changes Monday as the Department of Transportation and Development have deemed it safe for the boat to operate once again.
The ferry closed once the river hit 43 feet. Last week... more »
June 2, 2011 11:24 AM
BATON ROUGE - A commission put together to find public transit solutions in Baton Rouge gave their recommendations to local leaders today.
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Together Baton Rouge gave a presentation to city stakeholders this morning on suggestions to improve public transportation.
The commission was... more »
March 30, 2011 4:44 PM
BATON ROUGE- From rusted guard rails to old wood beams, some of Louisiana's bridges show their age.
"You get beat to death going across them," said Mike Spencer, from Prairieville.
A study released by Transportation for America says one in eight bridges in the state are structurally deficient.... more »
March 24, 2011 11:37 AM
BATON ROUGE- A new commission has been created to address the parish's public transit challenges.
17 community members will be tasked with the following:
-Gather community input to prioritize future projects
-Estimate costs of the projects and consider alternative and sustainable revenue services to fund the projects... more »
January 31, 2011 5:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - The next time you park illegally at LSU and get ticketed, know that your car will be caught on camera.
The university's Office of Parking, Traffic and Transportation purchased new handheld devices along with new software to replace the previous 14-year-old ticket writing machines.
"Over... more »
January 17, 2011 5:26 PM
BATON ROUGE - People who normally take the bus may be left at the station if CATS doesn't come up with a new plan to fill a $1 million budget hole.
The Capitol Area Transit Board meets Tuesday to discuss a new plan to give to Metro Council next... more »
December 16, 2010 9:57 AM
BATON ROUGE- The state's joint transportation committee will consider a plan that charges more for operating oversize vehicles on Louisiana highways.
An annual fee would be part of a special permit for vehicles that exceed height, width, length and weight limits. The plan involve a fee plan similar to... more »
November 30, 2010 2:25 PM
BATON ROUGE - Potential changes to street sign regulations could cost local communities hundreds of thousands of dollars in an effort to make them easier for everyone to see.
By 2018, street signs must use letters that are at least six inches tall, be reflective so they can be... more »
November 25, 2010 1:01 PM
THIBODAUX, La. - A proposal to expand public transportation in Thibodaux has been placed on the back burner until the new mayor takes office in mid-December. City officials say discussion of a proposed agreement between Terrebonne Parish and Good Earth Transit is deferred until Dec. 21 so Mayor-elect Tommy Eschete... more »
November 14, 2010 9:39 AM
BATON ROUGE- For information about road closures, construction, traffic accidents, and access the state's traffic camera system, visit the LA DOTD's Traveler Information website . more »
September 6, 2010 11:32 AM
Even if he can get the plan through Congress, at a time when lawmakers and voters are worried about federal deficits, the transportation spending plan envisioned by President Barack Obama wouldn't create jobs right away. Senior administration officials say the initial projects would lead to new jobs over the course... more »
August 18, 2010 5:24 AM
Community planners and national experts on everything from housing to transportation issues are gathering in Baton Rouge this week. The Center for Planning Excellence, a Baton Rouge-based organization, is hosting its fifth annual Smart Growth Summit to talk about comprehensive planning efforts for neighborhoods, communities and cities. The summit runs... more »
August 10, 2010 7:10 AM
A federal judge has ruled that the Tangipahoa Parish school system has reached unitary status in transportation, providing a first step in getting complete unitary status in the system's desegregation lawsuit. School Superintendent Mark Kolwe says he expects the resolution of the suit to come in parts like last week's... more »
May 6, 2010 6:42 AM
The Avoyelles Parish School Board is delaying unitary status for its transportation system in the district's federal desegregation lawsuit until the district's staff can gather additional information. The board had considered seeking unitary status for transportation at its upcoming June 4 status conference with U.S. District Court Judge Dee Drell,... more »
January 13, 2010 7:55 AM
The state transportation department and the Department of Natural Resources are consolidating their regulation of water wells and ground water. The agreement signed between the two agencies allows for merging several databases and proprietary water well information, according to a news release. The agreement transfers management of the Water Well... more »
December 3, 2009 4:47 PM
State Transportation leaders are gearing up for the potential for icy conditions on roads this weekend.
They spent the day making sure de-icing trucks and sand trucks are in good working order.
"Our crews have been put on standby," Dustin Annison with the Department of Transportation and Development... more »
November 16, 2009 4:37 PM
A state government streamlining panel approved a plan dealing with Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development properties. The recommendation urges DOTD to consolidate or eliminate sites whenever possible to cut costs.
The plan includes everything from the nine district offices to smaller maintenance yards.
DOTD leaders say the... more »
September 8, 2009 10:17 AM
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is reopen today after transportation officials said the bridge would probably remain closed until tomorrow while a crack was repaired, but they made the surprise announcement just before the bridge reopened at 7 a.m. PST more »