Rails to Resilience: UNO Transportation Institute seeks input on rail service

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, June 17, 2020

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LAPLACE — The University of New Orleans Transportation Institute is seeking public input to evaluate and model potential passenger rail ridership between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, including a stop in LaPlace.

Building off of previous studies, the research effort is sponsored by the LSU Tran-SET Research Consortium and aims to address last-mile connections between potential stations and areas where people live, work and play. Further, the project seeks to develop recommendations that will improve travel connections to employment, family and cultural opportunities across the region.

To participate in this effort, please complete the survey at https://run.conjoint.ly/study/72517/o1bnxzagl9. Participants will be entered to win a $50 visa gift card. Please take the time to make sure local voices are heard in this process.

In addition to participation in this research effort, St. John Parish is taking steps to plan for commuter/passenger rail service through the recently completed LaPlace Multi-Modal Transportation Center Plan. The plan identifies Main Street in LaPlace as a potential hub for a prospective passenger rail transit system between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Ultimately, the plan provides technical data to demonstrate capacity for rail service while offering recommendations for a revitalized Main Street.

Implementation of the first set of recommendations include a variety of improvements to Main Street through the Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE) project. In the next few years, residents can expect improved sidewalks, bike lanes and bio-swales for an improved sense of place and reduction of flooding.

For citizens interested in learning more about the LaPlace Multi-Modal Transportation Center Plan, the LA SAFE Airline and Main Complete Streets project, or other resilience initiatives, please contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 985-651-5565.