Friday, September 18, 2015
Parish President Natalie Robottom joined the City of Gonzales Mayor, Barney Arceneaux, at a press conference on Wednesday, September 16 to support the Louisiana Super Region Rail Authority’s plan for a commuter rail line to service passengers from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. The press conference took place at the site of a newly proposed Gonzales rail depot. The plan cites billions of dollars in planned industrial development in seven parishes – East Baton Rouge, Ascension, St. John the Baptist, St. Charles, St. James, Jefferson and Orleans.
Parish President Natalie Robottom shared her full support of the rail line, “by improving connectivity between these two major populations, employment, economic development and social and cultural activities in the region will be enhanced. St. John the Baptist Parish looks forward to being one of the four rail stops between New Orleans and Baton Rouge and we remain committed to seeing this project through to fruition.” All leaders spoke in favor of the project in hopes of the next Louisiana Governor to make the project a priority.
The Southern Rail Commission is in the final stages of compiling a gubernatorial briefing book. The document outlines critical next steps for the proposed passenger line, including details for funding. It will be presented to candidates in this fall’s gubernatorial race and to the public later this month. The briefing book will be posted on the Rail Authority’s website, lsrra.org, as it becomes available.
The Louisiana Super Region Rail Authority is a new regional authority and formal collaboration of local governments formed via legislation that empowers its members to plan, pursue and finance passenger rail in coordination with state, regional and municipal entities. For more information, visit lsrra.org.