Bus Rapid Transit
BATON ROUGE - On Wednesday the Mayor’s Office had announced that for Plank Road’s redevelopment a $15 million federal grant was awarded to Baton Rouge for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.Mayor Sharon Weston Broom announced that they are moving forward in building a 9-mile rapid bus line from Plank Road to Nicholson Drive.“We are excited to build Louisiana’s first bus rapid transit system.
Not only will the Plank-Nicholson Bus Rapid Transit project serve as the spine of our transit system, it will also provide the foundation of the Plank Road Masterplan and the catalyst for redevelopment of the historic North Baton Rouge corridor.” In a statement by Mayor Sharon Weston Broom.The grant was awarded by the Federal Transit Administration's Better Utilizing Infrastructure to Leverage Development (BUILD) programme, and federal officials commended Baton Rouge's success to innovative partnerships and strong local matching funds.
The BRT project merged with two MOVEBR bus projects earlier this year to improve efficiency and position North Baton Rouge for potential federal grant opportunities. The BRT project will now go through design and permitting, with construction set to begin next year, given that it has received full funding.“As part of the MOVEBR program, this project will now include the rehabilitation and resurfacing of Plank Road, new sidewalks, signal improvements and amenities for the BRT system such as enhanced bus stops with improved lighting, fewer stops by specialized vehicles, traffic signal priority, real-time arrival information displays, improved pedestrian and bicycle connections, and other features,” explained Mayor Broome. “
This project will be transformational for Plank Road.”The $53.6 million BRT project will be realised through unprecedented partnerships that will utilise local, state, and federal funds to provide high-frequency transit service to north and south Baton Rouge. DOTD, CATS, and the MOVEBR programme are all providing cash in addition to the federal award.
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