DOTD en Survey Says LA Swift Shut Down Could Hurt Jobs <p>State plans to shut down the low-cost bus from Baton Rouge to New Orleans may harm economic ties between the cities.</p><p>According to <a href="">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> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:52:31 +0000 Kelly Connelly 11876 at Borrowing for Rural Road Projects Spread Out <p>The state legislature approved $325 million dollars worth of&nbsp; road improvement projects for rural areas of the state&nbsp; last year. The projects are slated to be completed over a three year span. The Department of Transportation announced on Friday evening that they’ll borrow the money in chunks, instead of all at once, as planned. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said in a statement that’s to relieve the state budget of baring the three-year fiscal load in one year.<br><br>But State Treasurer John Kennedy said borrowing money in stages doesn’t make financial sense. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:14:40 +0000 Kelly Connelly 5152 at