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DOTD Establishes Regional Transitional Transit Service for Flood Impacted Communities


BATON ROUGE, La. – Following historic flooding across south Louisiana, today DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson announced the establishment of regional transit services for communities in the greater Baton Rouge area.

“DOTD is compelled to expand the scope of our public service in communities across the area by establishing this regional transit service,” Secretary Wilson said. “We are committed to helping our impacted neighbors get back to a regular routine by offering this important service to and from Baton Rouge.”

Secretary Wilson made the decision to establish this transit service in an effort to restore Baton Rouge’s workforce, many of whom reside in neighboring communities outside of city and lost vehicles in the flood. The transitional bus service, provided under contract with Hotard, will run from downtown Baton Rouge to Gonzales, Walker, Denham Springs, Central, and Geismar. The initial contract is for one week, but could be prolonged if needed.

Bus stops are two downtown locations and the CATS transfer station at the corner of Florida Avenue and 22nd Street. For information on the bus service, Hotard representatives can be reached at 504-942-5725.


Morning pick up

Gonzales: Tanger Outlet Mall (I-10 at LA 30), Tanger Boulevard, Gonzales, 70737. Leave 6:00 a.m.

Walker: Winn Dixie 28145 Walker South Road, Walker, 70785. Leave 6:00 a.m.

Denham Springs: Walgreens, (corner of Range and Florida) 101 Florida Avenue SE, Denham Springs, 70726.Leave at 6:30 a.m.

Central: Central City Hall, 13421 Hooper Road, Central, 70818. Leave at 6:30 a.m.

Geismar: Dutchtown Crossing, 13375 LA 73, Geismar, 70734. Leave at 6:30 a.m.

All buses are scheduled to arrive downtown at 7:15 a.m. and the CATS terminal at 7:30 a.m.

Morning drop off

Downtown Baton Rouge: (1) corner of Main Street and 4th Street and (2) corner of 4th Street and Florida Street

CATS Transfer Terminal: – corner of Florida Street with 22nd Street

Afternoon pick up

CATS Terminal: Leave at 5:15 p.m.

Downtown: Leave at 5:30 p.m.

Afternoon drop off
Back to points of origin


The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state's aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.

For more information, please visit, email, or call DOTD's Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please let us know how we may better serve you: Customer Service Survey.

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development


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