LA Swift http://wwno.org en LA Swift Bus Service To Baton Rouge Ends Today http://wwno.org/post/la-swift-bus-service-baton-rouge-ends-today <p>Today is the final day for the <a href="http://www.laswift.com/" target="_blank">LA Swift</a> bus. That’s the commuter bus between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, started shortly after Hurricane Katrina. It has provided transport between the cities for just a few dollars, by far the cheapest option available.</p><p>Downtown at Tulane and Loyola Avenues, Carrie Robicheaux waits for the Swift bus back to Baton Rouge, after a trip to see her New Orleans doctor. She’s taken this bus since she moved away after Katrina.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:35:01 +0000 Eve Troeh 40731 at http://wwno.org The Last Bus to New Orleans http://wwno.org/post/last-bus-new-orleans LA Swift got its start after Hurricane Katrina, shuttling evacuees and recovery workers between the Crescent and Capitol cities.<p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/07/36163.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ridership spiked after the storm, dropped off, and is now steadily growing. But the riders are commuters, using the bus to get to work.</span><p>The bus ran out of funding in June, but the service provider agreed to keep rolling another month. Long-time rider&#160;MiLisa&#160;York, who’s started a petition to keep the bus going long-term.<p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 10:32:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 39114 at http://wwno.org Interviews: American Sugar Cane League's Jim Simon, A Short Reprieve For LA Swift http://wwno.org/post/interviews-american-sugar-cane-leagues-jim-simon-short-reprieve-la-swift LA Swift will stay alive for an additional month. Jim discusses that, and the possible future of the service,&#160;with New Orleans State Representative Walt Leger III.&#160;<p>American Sugar Cane League head Jim Simon talks about&#160;the sugar industry's quest for federal government support, and failure of the federal Farm Bill.<p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/06/JES_062113.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 19:24:00 +0000 Jim Engster 37852 at http://wwno.org Survey Says LA Swift Shutdown Could Hurt Jobs http://wwno.org/post/survey-says-la-swift-shutdown-could-hurt-jobs State plans to shut down the low-cost bus from Baton Rouge to New Orleans may harm economic ties between the cities.<p>According to <a href="http://connect.cpex.org/files/2013/06/Ridership_Trends_Characteristics.pdf">a survey </a>released Wednesday by The Center for Planning Excellence, more than half of LA Swift riders use the service to get to and from work.<p>Funding from the Federal Transit Authority for LA Swift runs out at the end of the month. The bus began running on federal dollars as a recovery measure after Hurricane Katrina. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:52:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 37377 at http://wwno.org LA Swift bus service hits millionth ride benchmark http://wwno.org/post/la-swift-bus-service-hits-millionth-ride-benchmark <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; "><font color="red">LA</font>&nbsp;Swift, the state-run commuter bus service between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, will reach its millionth ride this month.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">That's according to the state Department of Transportation and Development.</p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 16:38:19 +0000 The Associated Press 18441 at http://wwno.org