Stakeholder meetings explore passenger rail station locations, transit options

The engineering firm hired to design the stations for a New Orleans to Baton Rouge passenger rail held stakeholder meetings this week downtown and in the health district, diving into the specifics of how to integrate the rail with other forms of transit and spur economic development. 

HNTB, which landed a $450,000 city-parish contract to come up with conceptual designs for two train stations in Baton Rouge, is now in the “listening and data-gathering phase,” says Bryan Jones, HNTB’s Gulf Coast District Deputy Office Leader. 

The stakeholder meetings—which included local officials and leaders of neighborhood associations—as well as a steering committee meeting, also held this week, kicked off discussions over how to best integrate the two proposed rail stations with the Capital Area Transit System, ride-hailing services and bike programs, like the nascent Bike Share. The groups also began discussing in greater detail where exactly the rail stations would go.

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