Gonzales to hire consultant for train depot planning

By late September, Gonzales should have a consultant on board to plan a train depot in the heart of the city for a proposed commuter rail line between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

The city began advertising last week for bids, with a deadline of Sept. 21, for the $100,000 planning project that Gonzales City Engineer Jackie Baumann expects will take up to a year.

The project is being funded by a $50,000 grant from the Federal Railroad Administration, awarded late last year by the Southern Rail Commission, that will be matched by Gonzales. 

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