Baton Rouge to New Orleans Rail Study – Station Area Analysis

Manning Architects partnered with HNTB to perform the analysis and create the strategic business plan for the implementation of intercity passenger rail service between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The plan addresses capital and operating costs, financing strategies, economic development opportunities and related issues, the public-private organizational and financial structures needed to implement the new service, strategies for harnessing economic growth to fund capital improvements and operations. The plan addresses the strategy needed to maximize the benefits of passenger rail by ensuring station locations are in close proximity to a diversity of residential and nonresidential land uses, provide direct access to regional and local amenities, maximize connectivity within the existing street grid, connect to a community’s existing greenway system, contain land available for development, and provide opportunities for place-making and community building. Additionally, the plan suggests sample rail operations schedules and justification for proposed station locations.

Transportation Architectural Services


Regional Planning Commissions for Southwest LA Parishes


$260 million
80 miles

our role:

Master Planning and Urban Design