Officials continue to look at possible streetcar system for Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge has played host to a series of big events and more are in the works, so because of those thousands of visitors, there's new demand for better ways to get around the city.

Officials are still in the process of applying for grants to get the ball rolling when it comes to the streetcar system. However, they said events like Bayou Country Superfest and the Miss USA Pageant are perfect examples of how a streetcar could really come into play.

"I've just seen the elevation of this community rise up another step with the way we present ourselves," said Davis Rhorer, director of the Downtown Development District. "We can compete with anybody. We're growing as a capital city and it's very exciting."

The idea is a trolley or streetcar system that would travel the length of the Nicholson corridor, between downtown and LSU.

Rhorer added while things are still in the very early planning stages, it is estimated the project would cost between $80 million and $100 million to complete.

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