Louisiana Association of Railroad Passengers


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Louisiana Association of Railroad Passengers has, since the early 1980’s, advocated for growth and investment in passenger rail and rail transit to link Louisiana to growth and opportunities.

LARP was instrumental in calling state authorities to study the Baton Rouge to New Orleans passenger train proposal in 1980. Since then there have been numerous such studies, but political will has never fomented as to see the project approved. Political support from governors has wavered over the decades, from indifference to outright hostility.

Until the bipartisan infrastructure law was passed in 2021, there was no public money for upgrades of Louisiana’s rail infrastructure. We finally have access to funding to actually link needs and priorities with action. Join LARP in the fight to assure that this and other vital links by rail can be achieved to assure the growth of our state and region.

Our campaigns have ranged in scope and importance from local to statewide to regional. LARP has been continuously involved in the proposed Baton Rouge to New Orleans rail project, along with efforts to unite north and south Louisiana by way of a passenger rail link from New Orleans to Shreveport via Baton Rouge and Alexandria.


Rail Advocacy begins with the education of the public. Outside major cities such as New York, Boston, Washington DC, and Chicago, passenger and commuter rail travel are not widely understood by Americans. Building Sustainable Rail Ridership is not only a challenge requiring long range vision in planning and implementation, but also begins with education of the public.



Officers
John Sita, Jr.
President

Andrew Lodriguss
Vice President

Louis Bangma
Treasurer

John Adriani
Secretary



If you would like to join us, please contact us at AllAboard@LarpRail.org.