Parish gears up for bus line
A whopping $1.3 million has already been earmarked using federal grant money to be spent over the first three years with $125,000 committed by both St. Charles and St. John parishes.
Resident Kevin Friloux isn’t completely sold on the plan and has worries that after the first three years St. Charles might be left high and dry having invested money in a transit system that they wouldn’t be able to continue funding.
“It just doesn’t seem like a good idea for a rural parish such as St. Charles. There have been studies that show it isn’t,” Friloux said. “On top of that, where is the money going to come from after the first three years?”
Martha Cazaubon, a senior planner for the South Central Planning and Development Commission who are overseeing the project, said that while there is only the initial $1.3 million being fronted by the feds, there are a number of other grant programs that can be applied for to add additional federal funding where needed.
“Each year the transit properties put in a group request for what they need,” Cazaubon told the Herald Guide. “They can also apply for Congressional earmarks. Even though the money is only allocated now for the first three years, it doesn’t mean they won’t get federal funding after that.”
She noted that future funding will depend on many factors such as the approximate amount to fund the project, how well the parish receives and uses the transit system and demand.
“Without a history in the parish on a project like this, it’s hard to figure out exactly how much it will cost to run,” she said.
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald-Guide is an award-winning newspaper that covers all aspects of St. Charles Parish - from schools and parish government news to social events, features on our local residents and sports.
Order your subscription today!
When friends reported that a burning vehicle found in New Orleans East looked like...
By Lori Lyons
In his first season as Hahnville’s head softball...
Word came a week before the Louisiana Catfish Festival that Chef Jeff and his film...
A multi-million-dollar expansion planned at Quixote Studios in St. Rose is on hold...
“It’s not fair. She was 24 and her husband was 22. I wish it was me first,” said...
A $100,000 grant from Shell-Motiva’s Norco Economic Development Foundation (NEDF)...
Over 25 Years of Quality Sales, Service and Repairs on YAMAHA, MERCURY, EVINRUDE and JOHNSON Motors.
Luling man falls prey to lotto scam - 1655 views
A Pride, La., woman was arrested and charged with theft after a Luling man accused her of running an Internet scam that cost him thousands of dollars in entry fees for fake lottery prizes.