As Baton Rouge continues to grow, it’s important that we provide ways for citizens to move around quickly and efficiently for short business and personal trips. Downtown Baton Rouge, the State Capitol Complex and LSU are major job centers, and the addition of The Water Campus and even more downtown development makes it critical that we look to innovations in public transit.
I have appointed a Steering Committee to advise our office on TramLinkBR, an initiative of the Office of the Mayor-President, to implement a modern streetcar, or tram, system connecting Downtown Baton Rouge with LSU and serving points in between such as the Old South Baton Rouge neighborhood and Nicholson Drive Corridor. Modern tram systems allow people to hop on and off at conveniently located stops and typically provide the added benefit of spurring economic development along the route.
We were successful in competing for a federal grant, awarded in September 2014, to help fund the advanced conceptual engineering and environmental studies being conducted for this current project phase. Once this phase is completed, we will seek additional federal funding to complete final design and construction.
I want to encourage each of you to learn more about the project and provide your input into this important process. Public input is critical to the success of TramLinkBR, so please send your comments through this website and attend the public meetings.
Melvin L. “Kip” Holden