Parish leaders met in Gonzales yesterday to discuss a potential New Orleans-Baton Rouge commuter rail. Parish presidents and Representatives from seven parishes along the proposed rail route urged the next Louisiana governor to back the project. According to a Biz New Orleans report, all four candidates said at a recent forum that they would support the project. The last time passengers could take a train between Baton Rouge and New Orleans was in 1969. A 2014 feasibility study projected that the railway would cost $262 million and the project would need federal funding, down from the initial $450 million estimate several years ago. If the rail is built, Amtrak would operate it.
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