BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A new bus system could soon take away traveling woes for people living near LSU and north Baton Rouge.
“I think it’s good for students because many students, our pockets are thin and we don’t have much money,” said Saruri Haberg, an LSU student.
Haber attended a public meeting for the Plank Road-Nicholson Drive Bus Rapid Transit Project. Partners for the new initiative hope to create a faster and cheaper route. The rapid buses will make stops from Plank Road near Glen Oaks, through downtown Baton Rouge, ending on Nicholson near N Stadium Road.
The city-parish initially received a grant for a tram project along Nicholson Drive, but decided to pursue a project that would serve a wider area.
“It’s a great collaborative project that will be a game changer for the city," said Bill Deville, CEO of Capital Area Transit System (CATS).
Deville says the new $50 million plan will do more than help with transportation. Project leaders are planning to address road improvements, drainage issues, and blight concerns along the bus route as well.
“North Baton Rouge is ripe for development right now. This used to be a great area, has kind of went down over the years. This is a perfect location near the airport, near Southern University,” said Deville.
The project could take up to five years to finish. However, some say it will be worth the wait.
“We have a system in place, but this is a new system, so if we put some confidence in this system that all this transportation is fast, is sufficient, is supportable, it’s something that we can all put a little bit of trust in,” said Haberg.