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  • WBRZ suggests stronger safety measures on I-10, La. DOTD agrees to consider more signage Play Video

    September 27, 2017 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE – In an afternoon conference call with the WBRZ Investigative Unit, the state's traffic czar agreed to look into new ways to warn drivers of gridlock on I-10 approaching Baton Rouge. The call with La. Dept. of Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson came a day after a handful... more »
  • Safety at Walker traffic circle concerns residents, officials Play Video

    September 6, 2017 12:10 AM

    WALKER- Officers are no longer directing traffic at a new Livingston Parish roundabout that has vehicles backing up onto Interstate 12, according to Walker Police Captain John Sharp. "What we had been doing was blocking the south bound lane of [Highway 447] periodically to clear the [interstate] ramp," Sharp... more »
  • Better Transportation and Roads website launched

    August 16, 2017 9:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE-Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has announced the launch of the Better Transportation and Roads plan website. At www.brgov.com/btr, residents can view details on the BTR project list, project map and public meeting schedule. Constituents will also be able to provide feedback on the plan via the site or... more »
  • WATCH LIVE: Mayor Broome to announce plans for proposed transportation tax Play Video

    July 20, 2017 1:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced that she will reveal plans for a proposed 5-mil property tax to fund better transportation for roads in Baton Rouge, her office announced on Thursday. WATCH LIVE HERE The proposal for the tax to go on voters' ballots in... more »
  • Senate backs limits for Louisiana transportation trust fund

    May 8, 2017 10:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana senators want to end raids on the state Transportation Trust Fund, to keep dollars available for road and bridge work. Louisiana's constitution allows the trust fund containing state gasoline and fuel tax income to be spent on transportation projects and Louisiana State Police operations. The Senate... more »
  • Gas tax could increase 20 cents per gallon Play Video

    April 6, 2017 6:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The lack of funding for road work in Louisiana is causing more than just frustration on the highway. Business groups said Thursday it's hurting the Baton Rouge area economy. "We have a very unique example recently where the LA 1 Bridge across the river was posted [closed... more »
  • Sen. John Kennedy named to three U.S. Senate subcommittees

    January 18, 2017 1:07 PM

    WASHINGTON – Louisiana’s newest U.S. Senator, Republican John Kennedy, has been named to three subcommittees of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. According to a statement released Wednesday, Kennedy’s assignments are: Housing, Transportation and Community Development Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Economic Policy... more »
  • Taxes to fund road work, transportation projects on December ballot Play Video

    November 29, 2016 3:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE – On the December ballot, East Baton Rouge voters will get a chance to vote on two taxes that will fund road work and transportation projects. The city wants voters to vote for the re-purposing of the existing tax and to add a 5-mill property tax. ... more »
  • Railway improvements to begin Nov. 15 in Port Allen, New Roads

    November 1, 2016 12:22 PM

    PORT ALLEN – Railway improvement projects and construction will begin later this month in Port Allen, New Roads and several other Louisiana cities due to a $14 million investment from a Missouri transportation company. The Kansas City Southern Railway Company has invested $14.3 million for rail, cross tie and... more »
  • Location proposed for new Washington Street exit Play Video

    October 19, 2016 11:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Conceptual drawings presented Wednesday show where state transportation officials hope to build a new Washington Street exit near Interstate 10. The proposed exit would actually begin on I-110 south just after the Government Street exit and end on Terrace Avenue a few blocks short of Washington Street. ... more »
  • 8 Louisiana airports getting nearly $39.5M in federal grants

    September 21, 2016 3:03 PM

    NEW IBERIA - The U.S. Department of Transportation says eight Louisiana airports are getting grants totaling nearly $39.5 million. The largest announced this month is $19 million to build an apron at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in Kenner. Lafayette Regional Airport is getting $13 million to improve the... more »
  • CATS board names Bill Deville permanent CEO

    September 20, 2016 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - William "Bill" Deville, who has served as CATS interim CEO, was voted by the board to the permanent position Tuesday night. Deville has acted as interim CEO for the past several months and has worked in transportation for over 32 years. He spent over 22 years... more »
  • Container shuttle service seen as Marine Highway Project

    September 20, 2016 9:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Department of Transportation as designated the container-on-barge shuttle service between the Port of Greater Baton Rouge and the Port of New Orleans as a Marine Highway Project. The designation could allow federal funds to be used to purchase equipment. The service, which was launched in... more »
  • CATS will shutter riderless Garden District route

    September 19, 2016 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tuesday, the board overseeing the public bus company agreed to shut down its Garden District trolley service. CATS created the route through the historic neighborhood about 18 months ago. Combustion engine buses built to look like trolleys run the route that drives through Downtown Baton Rouge,... more »
  • Post-flood, frustrated riders could wait up to an hour for a bus

    September 9, 2016 4:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Numerous cancellations frustrated Capital Area Transit System riders Friday as the bus system asked for patience in the system's ongoing effort to restore service with a tattered fleet and tested drivers. Earlier this week, CATS announced it was not offering its bus service to fans attending... more »
  • Transportation study group created by governor begins work

    July 12, 2016 12:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards told a study group considering ways to tackle Louisiana's more than $12 billion road and bridge work backlog that its work is vitally important to the future of the state. Edwards spoke to the transportation task force, which he created last month, as... more »
  • Louisiana transportation task force meets Tuesday

    July 11, 2016 10:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A push that may produce the most sweeping changes in Louisiana's roads and bridges in nearly 30 years gets underway Tuesday. A transportation task force named by Gov. John Bel Edwards is set to hold its first meeting. Six months later, it is supposed to make... more »
  • $60 million federal grant could help deal with I-10 nightmare

    July 5, 2016 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal grant will help fund changes on I-10, Congressman Garret Graves announced in a news release Tuesday. Sixty-million dollars will be used to facilitate closing the existing Washington Street exit in Baton Rouge and building a new, left exit for the Old South Baton Rouge... more »
  • 1 critically injured motorcycle wreck

    July 1, 2016 12:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A motorcycle wreck sent one person to the hospital and left behind heavy delays on the interstate Thursday night. The wreck happened on I-10 Westbound near Citiplace just before 10 p.m. According to EMS, one person was transported to the hospital in critical condition. Authorities couldn't comment on... more »
  • 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 »

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