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  • Metro Council approves $10 million bond for proposed tram system Play Video

    June 22, 2016 11:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After a meeting to discuss fueling economic development in Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Metro Council has approved a $10 million bond to fund the tramlinkBR project. "It's exciting," Councilmember Member Tara Wicker said. "It's an economic engine that will really reform and revitalize that whole community."... more »
  • Firm gives glimpse of super-speed transportation

    May 12, 2016 10:02 AM

    LAS VEGAS - And off it went. A company that hopes to zip people and cargo through tubes at hundreds of miles an hour provided a glimpse of its propulsion system for the first time Wednesday in North Las Vegas. The seconds-long, outdoor demonstration by Hyperloop One featured what appeared... more »
  • Search for permanent CATS CEO begins

    April 8, 2016 2:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The CATS board accepted Bob Mirabito's resignation and named his interim replacement at a special meeting Friday afternoon. William "Bill" Deville, who has more than 30 years of transit management experience and has been with CATS since December 2013. Deville started as the Chief Operation... more »
  • State hopes to use technology to ease traffic trouble Play Video

    March 30, 2016 12:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Since most proposed fixes to solve Baton Rouge's traffic problems, like a new bridge or a loop are too costly, the state Department of Transportation and Development is looking at more affordable options like improving technology. One example is signs on each side of the river providing... more »
  • Automakers agree to put automatic braking in cars by 2022

    March 17, 2016 1:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - Transportation officials and automakers say they've agreed to make automatic braking standard in nearly all cars within six years - by 2022. Mark Rosekind - who heads the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - says the voluntary agreement with 20 car manufacturers means that the important safety technology... more »
  • LSU to offer car sharing service to students

    March 15, 2016 9:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State University will host an event on campus to launch a car sharing service, Zipcar, now offered to its students. Zipcar, is a car sharing network that allows consumers to rent and drive cars by the hour or day. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget... more »
  • Federal agency awards $10M to upgrade, close rail crossings

    February 17, 2016 1:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Federal Railroad Administration has awarded nearly $10 million in grants to upgrade or close dozens of railroad crossings in eight states, including a $1.1 million grant to Louisiana. FRA Administrator Sarah Feinberg visited Baton Rouge on Wednesday to announce the federal grants, which are funded by... more »
  • Obama seeks $10-per-barrel oil tax to fund clean transport

    February 4, 2016 4:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama wants oil companies to pay a $10 tax for every barrel of oil to help fund investments in clean transportation. Obama will formalize the proposal Tuesday when he releases his final budget request to Congress. The $10-per-barrel fee is expected to be dead-on-arrival among Republicans... more »
  • New round of public meetings to study I-10 corridor

    January 29, 2016 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Transportation and Development scheduled another series of public meetings to discuss possible ways to solve traffic jams along the I-10 corridor in Baton Rouge. The meetings will specifically look at the section of I-10 stretching from Essen Lane to LA 415 in... more »
  • Governor, Mayor meet with top transportation official Play Video

    January 22, 2016 10:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - This week, Governor John Bel Edwards and Mayor-President Kip Holden met with federal transportation authorities about Louisiana's traffic problems. Holden met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Thursday in Washington, D.C. while Edwards and Secretary of DOTD Shawn Wilson met with him Friday. All three discussed... more »
  • 'Road diet' meeting set for Thursday

    December 17, 2015 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Traffic officials are expected to give an update on a road project in Baton Rouge. The Department of Transportation and Development has been working on the Government Street "road diet" for a more than a year. DOTD wants to shrink Government down to three lanes between I-110 and... more »
  • Baton Rouge bus drivers to get pay raise next year

    December 11, 2015 7:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System's bus operators are on track to receive pay raises next year as part of a newly negotiated agreement between CATS and its employees' union. Trainees will earn $14 an hour when they are starting out, and their salaries will increase to $15 an... more »
  • Sunshine Bridge construction ends ahead of schedule Play Video

    December 7, 2015 11:33 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE – Ahead of schedule, the Sunshine Bridge was completely open for commuters Monday. A $25 million construction project on the bridge connecting St. James and Ascension Parish ended months ahead of schedule. Since April 2012, crews have been cleaning, painting and making repairs to the bridge. The project... more »
  • Traffic officials working to extend Dijon Drive to future health facility Play Video

    December 3, 2015 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state and the Capital Region Planning Commission propose adding another road to a heavily congested part of Baton Rouge. The project calls for an extension of Dijon Drive off Essen, to connect to a future children's hospital expected to break ground a few months. The... more »
  • House passes highway bill that keeps a lid on spending

    November 5, 2015 11:09 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted to continue transportation programs for six years with no significant increase in spending. That's despite warnings that the nation's roads, bridges and transit systems are falling apart. The bill passed on a 363-64 vote with wide bipartisan support. It authorizes $325 billion in spending... more »
  • Orleans Parish officials try to resolve inmate transfer plan

    October 22, 2015 9:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Orleans Parish officials are trying to find a safe and effective way to transport inmates to court. Local media outlets are reporting that officials will discuss during a federal court hearing on Thursday how best to transport inmates from the new Orleans Parish Prison to Orleans Criminal Court.... more »
  • Baton Rouge-New Orleans rail supported by governor hopefuls

    September 4, 2015 5:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - High speed rail transportation linking Baton Rouge, New Orleans and points in between was endorsed by the four major candidates for governor in their latest forum. Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Sen. David Vitter, all Republicans, and Democratic state Rep. John... more »
  • DOTD offering informational meetings for I-10 Corridor Improvement Survey Play Video

    August 26, 2015 9:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will be holding public meetings for proposed improvements to the I-10 Corridor from Essen Lane to LA 415 in Baton Rouge. The project is currently in the planning stage and the DOTD is looking for public feedback. Representatives of the project... more »
  • Transportation group pressing candidates to support gas tax

    August 10, 2015 2:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A transportation advocacy group says Louisiana's next governor should back an increase in the state's gasoline tax, to help shrink the state's backlog of infrastructure needs, fill potholes and ease traffic. Louisiana has a backlog of highway and bridge improvements and repairs that tops $12 billion.... more »
  • Common core, infrastructure on session agenda Wednesday

    May 27, 2015 9:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers will revisit common core standards during Wednesday's session. They'll be looking at a bill that would review the academic benchmarks throughout the state. The bill would also include required public hearings in every congressional district. A House committee will also look at another bill that would... more »
  • Business coalition seeks public opinion on I-10 congestion

    May 27, 2015 8:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A Baton Rouge business-led coalition seeking transportation improvements is trying to get more members of the public to take an online survey about traffic on the Interstate 10 corridor. The 21-question survey is designed to gather data on commuting patterns, the use of specific stretches of roadway, problematic... more »
  • House passes another temporary fix to keep highway aid going

    May 19, 2015 5:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has passed a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months. It's the 12th temporary patch in six years and a reflection of lawmakers' lack of consensus on how to solve the nation's infrastructure financing woes. The bill was approved... more »
  • Not a new bridge, but second ferry will connect sides of river Play Video

    April 13, 2015 9:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A second ferry is already docked in Plaquemine, ready to shuttle cars between there and Sunshine next Monday. It will bring an additional 120 cars across the river every hour during the evening rush. Drivers were handed flyers Monday afternoon as they boarded the vessel.... more »
  • Controversial guardrails still won't be installed in La.

    March 16, 2015 11:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will not release the suspension it put on a controversial guardrail design until more tests are done even though federal inspectors believe the guardrail is acceptable to be used on the side of highways. Last week, the government cleared the ET-Plus design of any safety... more »
  • Task force recommends gas tax change

    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 »
  • Groundbreaking for new streetcar line in New Orleans

    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 »
  • Governor candidates discuss infrastructure, money Play Video

    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 »
  • 1st forum for gov. hopefuls focuses on roads, bridges Play Video

    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 »
  • State considering second Plaquemine Ferry Play Video

    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 »
  • Revamped intersection will get revamped stop light sequence

    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 »
  • State plans precautionary detour near sinkhole Play Video

    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 »
  • Group wants your vote 4 for the Roads Play Video

    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 »
  • Transportation leaders review 2015 road projects Play Video

    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 »
  • La. discontinues use of dangerous guardrails

    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 »
  • Transportation committee clashes over new ideas Play Video

    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 »
  • IBM experts in town to solve traffic problems Play Video

    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 »
  • IBM consultants begin BR transportation study today

    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 »
  • IBM experts to tackle BR's transportation pains

    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 »
  • Taxpayer-funded CATS still recovering from prior mismanagement Play Video

    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 »
  • Despite incomplete application, Uber drivers to hit streets this weekend

    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 »
  • House passes highway bill as deadline looms

    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 »
  • Council approves controversial ride-sharing service Play Video

    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 »
  • CATS CEO wants you to Dump the Pump Play Video

    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 »
  • Lane restrictions on I-12 because of annoying crashes

    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 »
  • CATS Dir. Bob Mirabito discusses changes Play Video

    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 »
  • Baton Rouge awarded IBM grant

    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 »
  • Causeway being studied for $100k

    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 »
  • The road work wish list that likely won't get done

    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 »
  • State pays for local construction projects

    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 »
  • CATS begins wave of meetings for new routes, changes

    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 »
  • Two Louisiana airports get federal grants

    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 »
  • CATS looking for suggestions for new routes, changes Play Video

    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 »
  • Chicago joins growing club of bike-sharing cities

    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 »
  • 10 seek Baton Rouge bus system post

    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 »
  • More people talking about 'outdated' car seat law Play Video

    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 »
  • Senate panel approves bill to create national ID

    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 »
  • Lawmakers to look at conflicting law after News 2 report Play Video

    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 »
  • Small jet crash kills 5 in eastern Georgia

    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 »
  • Ascension, Livingston to hold public roads meetings

    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 »
  • State to receive million-dollar grant for road repairs

    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 »
  • CATS members blast management

    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 »
  • NYC school bus drivers, matrons go on strike

    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 »

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