Thanks to all who participated in the Community Survey. Your feedback will help ensure that the needs and desires of the Parish are reflected in the final plans. A summary of results follows below:
The first Community Stakeholder meeting was held on June 27, 2018. Invitees included business and property owners along Main Street in the project area, members of the Parish President’s Advisory Committee on Neighborhood and Community Development, and representatives from the Economic Development Committee and River Parish Transit Authority. The presentation provided to attendees can be viewed here which introduced stakeholders to both the goals and scope of this project.
We anticipate scheduling open house style public meetings in the near future, as well as an additional Stakeholder meeting once information is more refined and conceptual plans can be taken into consideration.
Stay tuned: A more detailed analysis of the survey results, coupled with the community feedback and comments from the public meetings, will be included in this project’s final report.
The Southern Rail Commission and regional partners are advancing plans for passenger rail service from Baton Rouge to New Orleans, with stations at select locations. St. John the Baptist Parish is currently developing a Conceptual Plan for a Passenger Rail and Multi-Modal Transit Center on Main Street south of Airline Highway near the existing KCS rail line in LaPlace. The goal of this project is to develop a plan for the station area that reflects the needs and desires of our community, including:
Providing flexible space for a variety of uses,
Providing efficient access to an attractive train station,
Providing an emergency shelter facility as part of the station,
Promoting economic development in the area surrounding the station and along existing commercial areas of Main Street, and
Minimizing any potential impacts related to increased traffic or other service operations.
For more information, see also a summary of the planned service connecting Baton Rouge and New Orleans here and join us in developing a local plan that facilitates this advancement in regional mobility and builds on the unique character of our community.