Touchdown Express back at higher cost

In other business at the Downtown Development District Commission meeting Tuesday:

  • The Touchdown Express, a Capital Area Transit System service that shuttles LSU football fans from downtown Baton Rouge to Tiger Stadium on game days, will return for a fourth year. But it will now cost $10 for a round trip on the bus, Bob Mirabito, interim CATS CEO, told the commission. While it cost $4 for a round-trip ride from downtown to the stadium last season, Mirabito said the grant that was subsidizing some of the costs expired, making the fee hike necessary to cover operating costs.

Mirabito said CATS is determining where the buses will pick up and drop off football fans. LSU opens it home football season Sept. 7 against the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Plans are also underway for CATS to offer express service from Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport to downtown, Mirabito said.

  • A ribbon cutting for “The Crest”, the 35 foot tall piece of public art that will serve as the canopy for the Galvez Plaza stage will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 29. The stage will be open at 5 p.m. Sept. 6 for the first performance of the Live After Five fall concert series.