Louisiana community probes end to traffic woes
GONZALES, La. (AP) - Growth in Louisiana's Ascension Parish, though welcome, has brought with it additional traffic woes.
A committee of the Ascension Parish Council will meet next week to discuss whether a public transit system would alleviate some of those problems.
The Advocate reports the meeting is in the preliminary stage. Councilman Aaron Lawler says nothing's being proposed, they're just learning about the situation and seeing what ideas they can come up with to address it.
For many years, the traffic debate has centered on how to improve rural roads and whether stemming population growth might temper the need for increased infrastructure. Lawler says his Transportation Committee will meet Monday to discuss if a transit system would benefit the parish's 123,000 residents. Services in place now benefit only the elderly or disabled.