With Gas Tax Failure, Louisiana Rail Service Will Need P3

Despite the failure of a proposed increase in the gas tax, Louisiana officials remain undaunted in their pursuit of passenger train service between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

The project, which is still in early planning stages, is expected to cost about $260 million.

Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development, said the federal government would cover most costs, but local governments and public-private partnerships would have to fill the funding gap.

Proponents of the rail service say it would spur economic development and ease congestion on Interstate 10.

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