St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Rail Transit Station Planning Project Moves Forward

Rail Transit Station Planning Project Moves Forward

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – St. John the Baptist Parish is beginning to develop its Feasibility Study and Conceptual Plan for a Passenger Rail and Multi-Modal Transit Center in LaPlace near Main Street. This potential hub will serve as one of the stops for a prospective passenger rail transit system traveling from Baton Rouge to New Orleans.

In September of 2017, a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was issued for this project and AECOM and Urban Systems, both based in New Orleans, Louisiana, have been awarded the project. 

The goal of the project is to develop a plan for the station area that reflects the needs and desires of the community, including:

•             Providing efficient access to an attractive train station and regional transportation

•             Providing an emergency shelter facility as part of the station

•             Promoting economic development

•             Minimizing any potential impacts related to increased traffic or other service operations

The Center may also be used for rentals, public meetings and other civic uses, as well as a disaster shelter and staging area during emergency events.

Residents are encouraged to give feedback on the project by completing the quick survey to provide initial input on the plan.

“By improving connectivity between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, employment, economic development and social and cultural activities in the region will be enhanced,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “Please join us in developing a plan that facilitates this advancement in regional mobility and builds on the unique character of our community.”

Please visit for more information.