Baton Rouge — Route Announced
A report issued on March 7 detailed the route of a proposed 3.4-mile streetcar line that would link Louisiana State University with downtown, according to the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report site. The car line now is dubbed "TramLink BR." Follow this link to the project website:
Heading north, the route follows Nicholson Drive, which becomes St. Louis Street at Interstate 10, then runs in Europe Street for one block to reach St. Ferdinand Street, which transitions to Fourth Street. The line continues on Fourth Street north to the furthest north stop on the route—North Street at the State Capitol. The streetcar would then reverse and follow the same route south.
The project team considered three different routes and concluded that using Europe Street as the connector between St. Louis and St. Ferdinand “provides a smooth transition from Nicholson Drive to downtown and avoids the traffic, operational and vertical clearance challenges associated with the other options,” according to the report.
Downtown Development District Executive Director Davis Rhorer says the proposed route has other other advantages, too: “I like the idea that it is a straight shot to and from downtown,” he says. “It’s easy walking distance from the stops to all the downtown attractions, it takes in the arts and entertainment district, and it goes by the River Center garages.”