Railroad officials along with Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn D. Wilson and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards recently inspected the railroad for a proposed passenger train route between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
The proposed route would be approximately 80 miles long, preferably using southern Kansas City lanes between Baton Rouge and Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans, followed by Canadian National lanes from the airport to New Orleans. at the Union Passenger Terminal in downtown New Orleans.
The terminal currently serves intercity buses and other Amtrak trains. Additional stops may be added to the Baton Rouge itinerary in the future.
Canadian Pacific will host the trains. The company will soon merge with Kansas City Southern.
“An Amtrak line connecting Louisiana’s capital to the state’s largest metropolitan area will have immense economic benefits for cities and parishes in between, allowing the state to compete with other major metropolitan areas,” Edwards said. “Not only will this service potentially reduce the number of vehicles on the roads, which will reduce traffic congestion, but it will also connect communities through employment opportunities and allow for more transportation options for festivals, sporting events and concerts.”