LSU Tram now proposed to be 10-mile express bus route


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The plans for a 3-mile (4.8-kilometer) tram between Louisiana State University and downtown Baton Rouge have morphed into a 10-mile (16-kilometer) express bus route.

The Advocate reports the new plan was announced Tuesday by the Capital Area Transit System chairman, Jim Brandt. Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said in February that a streetcar wouldn't be built along Nicholson Drive. Instead, she promised a system of bus rapid transit that would serve a larger number of area residents.

The Capital Area Transit System already had plans to build bus rapid transit routes in another area, and Broome decided it should oversee the new project. The new plan would run the express route from LSU to Airline Highway and would cost up to $50 million.

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