BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A whopping 85 percent of the community say it’s important to have passenger rail service between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. That’s according to a poll by the Southern Railroad Commission.
The commission is releasing the results of the poll to gather support for the rail system. Sixty-three percent of respondents say they would ride the train, which would run on existing tracks and have stops at S 14th and Government streets, as well as the medical corridor at Essen Lane and E Cornerview Street near Gonzales City Hall. John Spain with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) says the project would cost around $262 million. If the legislature approves funding, he hopes to have the train running in a few years.
“My goal would be to have this administration start this process in an appropriate, aggressive way to start the clock. I think there are people out there who want to see this happen and cooperate, we just need the leadership and the funding to get it started," Spain said.
Initially, the rail service would have two daily round trips. Tickets would cost between $10 and $15 each way.
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