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Foundational agreements signed for Plank–Nicholson BRT, US [free access]

November 30, 2020

A series of cooperative endeavour agreements (CEAs) have been signed between the state, municipal and transit stakeholders that are providing funding for the Plank–Nicholson Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.

The project received USD13 million after the first CEA between the city-parish and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) for improvements along the BRT corridor. The second CEA obligates CATS to contribute USD9.6 million in funds for the construction costs of the new North Transfer Center for the procurement of rolling stock, and for the construction of 22 pairs of stations.


The planned BRT system will span 14.4 km, serve 22 stations, and provide a high-frequency service connecting north and south Baton Rouge. The system will be designed to be fully integrated into the Capital Area Transit System (CATS) transit network.


The project is estimated to cost around USD50 million. Construction is expected to begin in 2022 and commercial operations are expected to start in 2024. The environmental clearance and preliminary engineering phases of the project have been completed and approved.