Together Baton Rouge Wins Historic $17M Transit Election
Triumph of a proposition for funding public transit follows a 15-month constituency building campaign that brought together diverse institutions from across the city. Local leaders focused on neighborhood issues and organized a 1,000 person assembly to launch a month long effort to Get Out the Vote.
In photo, Diana Dorroh and Deborah Quinn of Together Baton Rouge team up Saturday morning to walk Baton Rouge neighborhoods and encourage voters to cast their ballot in support of CATS.Read more
1,000 Leaders Fight for Better Bus System in Baton Rouge
"A wheelchair-using retired U.S. Air Force captain who travels to the hospital by bus three times a week.
A New York transplant who hoped to get to her job without having to purchase a vehicle.Read more
Together Baton Rouge Fights for Better Public Transit
"Perhaps because it was held in a church, or because so many clergy and faithful were in the hall, a recent Together Baton Rouge luncheon saw at least a minor miracle: Political leaders were made to pay attention to the concerns of poor people.Read more
Together Baton Rouge Celebrates, Looks Forward
Coalition Sets 2012 Goals, The Advocate
Together Baton Rouge Rebuilds: Cemetery, Bridges, Transit
"More than 150 community activists on Tuesday applauded a state agency's move to sue the owners and overseer of a historic north Baton Rouge cemetery they say has fallen into an embarrassing state of neglect.
The three lawsuits...set the stage for appointment of a receiver to take over managing Gilbert Memorial Park Cemetery, Assistant Attorney General Ryan Seidemann told members of Together Baton Rouge at a luncheon meeting at St. Mary Baptist Church." In photo, leader Roena Wilford shows how graves crisscross.Read more
Together Baton Rouge
More than 1,100 leaders of Together Baton Rouge assembled from approximately 70 congregations and organizations., thirty-five of which made annual pledges. Invited guests included the Mayor, District Attorney, Sheriff, Metro Council Members and State legislators; all committed to work with the organization.
Since then, the organization has advanced its transportation agenda. With a bus system that gets 1/3 the per capita funding of peer cities and forces passengers to wait an average of 75 minutes, the Mayor invited Together Baton Rouge to work with the City to create some solutions. The resulting plan will create a dedicated source of revenue for transit for the first time in the City's history more than doubling the budget from $12 Million to $30 Million in order to expand bus routes and reduce wait times.
Together Baton Rouge Works to Improve Bus Service & Transform Community
"Changing BR Together." The Advocate, 05/21/11Read more
Together Baton Rouge: Building Bridges
"One Bridge, And Others." Baton Rouge AdvocateRead more
Together Baton Rouge Wins Reconstruction of Blue Grass Bridge
"This is a great victory for our community," said Mackie Smothers-El, a Glen Oaks residents and TBR leader. "This is restoring my faith in democracy."Read more
Together Baton Rouge and Baton Rouge Area Chamber Launch Mass Transit Commission
Mayor introduces mass transit panel,The AdvocateRead more