LA Swift funding plan offered to federal officials

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Supporters of LA Swift have cobbled together a proposal that would keep the commuter bus service running between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
The plan was submitted to the Federal Transit Administration this week and provided to The Associated Press by the state Department of Transportation and Development in response to a public records request.
Federal money for the $2.3 million annual bus service is shrinking, leaving a $750,000 funding gap.
Local officials drew up ideas to use in-kind donations of parking and marketing as matching money to draw down the federal funds to keep buses running. LA Swift expenses also would be cut, and fares would be raised to make the entire plan balance.
If the FTA doesn't agree, LA Swift shuts down at the end of the month.

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