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Baton Rouge-New Orleans Inter City Rail


"A passenger train linking New Orleans and Baton Rouge on existing freight tracks, with stops in between, could begin twice daily trips, ultimately growing to regular service with a possible station near the New Orleans International Airport, according to a study by HNTB Corporation for regional transit organizations and mayors.

Consultants envision a convenient alternative for the 1.4 million people who live in the booming parishes along the rail line. A passenger train service would allow riders to work during commutes, offer an evacuation route during hurricanes, especially to Baton Rouge hospitals, and supply easy connections to events such as LSU and Saints football games, Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest." (Source,


Recommended train stops are downtown and the Health District in Baton Rouge, Gonzales, LaPlace, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and the Union Passenger Terminal next to the Superdome in New Orleans. 


Train service makes sense for many reasons:*

  1. Inter city rail would connect the two biggest cities in Louisiana, further advancing a super region that could compete with larger metropolitan areas, like Houston. The super region has 54% of the state's population and 59% of the jobs.
  2. Inter city rail is a more reliable means of traveling than automobile. Cars get stuck in I-10 traffic.
  3. Trains can be used for evacuation ahead of storms.
  4. Trains are a civilized way to travel. Commuters can spend the time working or enjoying the ride.



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