Louisiana

Amtrak operates three long-distance trains through Louisiana: the Crescent (daily New Orleans-Atlanta-New York), the City of New Orleans (daily Chicago-Memphis-New Orleans), and the Sunset Limited (tri-weekly Orlando-New Orleans-Los Angeles). The Sunset Limited service is suspended east of New Orleans. Federal legislation is under consideration to restore this portion of the route.
 
During FY13 nearly 250,000 people either boarded or alighted in Louisiana from these trains.
 
Local officials are studying the possibility of passenger rail service between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The groups that commissioned the study are the Capital Regional Planning Commission, the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission, and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.
 
The report recommended stations at Government and South 14th Street near downtown Baton Rouge, at the medical corridor on Essen Lane, at East Cornerview Street near Gonzales City Hall, west of Main Street in LaPlace, adjacent to the Louis Armstrong International Airport in Kenner, at Zephyr Field in Jefferson Parish, and the Union Passenger Terminal station near the Mercedes Benz Superdome, where passengers can access the Loyola Avenue streetcar.
 
The capital investment to start the service will cost $262 million, 80 percent of which could be underwritten by federal funds, the study says. The proposed rail line would operate at a maximum speed of 79 miles per hour to begin with, which is competitive with cars traveling on Interstate 10. 
 
The initial operating cost of the train would be $6.8 million a year, the study says. The study also suggests using tax increment financing on other development projects aligned with the rail to help cover expenses.
 
The business plan can viewed at:
https://www.scribd.com/doc/213212652/BR-NOLA-Rail-Business-Plan