CRISIS supports Baton Rouge mayor’s road tax proposal

Business Report

CRISIS, the Baton Rouge area business-led coalition for transportation improvements, today joined the Baton Rouge Area Chamber in its backing of Mayor Sharon Weston Broome’s proposed half-cent sales tax in East Baton Rouge Parish for transportation infrastructure.

Dubbed MoveBR, the dedicated tax would fund a transportation infrastructure project list of $805 million in new investment in more than 60 projects in East Baton Rouge Parish. Voters will have the final say on the proposal at the polls on Dec. 8. BRAC announced it’s backing the proposal on Tuesday.

“CRISIS is committed to supporting data-driven solutions to transportation problems in this region. The data analysis by the Metropolitan Planning Organization demonstrates the projects in MoveBR are highly effective at improving mobility in the region,” says CRISIS Executive Director Scott Kirkpatrick in a prepared statement.

The analysis shows the cumulative congestion relief from the MoveBR projects is greater than any one large project could, CRISIS says. An estimated 4.6 million hours annually of congestion relief is anticipated once the program is fully implemented.

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