The Southern Rail Commission, a group that advocates for passenger rail service, has released a briefing book that outlines critical next steps for the proposed passenger line connecting the Baton Rouge-New Orleans corridor. “Baton Rouge and New Orleans by Intercity Passenger Rail” details the pivotal role of Louisiana’s next governor in advancing the project.
“A sense of urgency and strong leadership from the next governor and Legislature is critical to moving this project forward,” says State Representative and Speaker Pro Tempore Walt Leger III, Commissioner with the Southern Rail Commission. “There are many moving and interconnected parts. The best way to commit all parties and ensure progress is making clear that the goal is to start this service as soon as possible.”
The briefing book includes information on local, state and federal funding sources, as well as case studies from other states that have successfully connected major cities with passenger rail service.
“One of the Southern Rail Commission’s top priority projects is connecting Louisiana’s two largest cities with passenger rail,” says Greg White, the commission’s incoming chairman. “SRC also recognizes the importance of how this project fits into the overall national network of passenger rail that will eventually connect all Southern states.”
The briefing book, which is being distributed to Louisiana gubernatorial candidates, is available online at www.SouthernRailCommission.org.
Earlier this month, leaders of seven southeast Louisiana parishes that comprise the Louisiana Super Region Rail Authority held a press conference calling on the state’s next governor to establish passenger rail service between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Southern Rail Commission Chairman Knox Ross also participated in the event.
About the Southern Rail Commission
Established by an act of Congress in 1982, the Southern Rail Commission engages and informs public and private rail interests to support and influence rail initiatives across its member states of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. For more information about the Southern Rail Commission please visit www.SouthernRailCommission.org.