- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

HOUMA, La. (AP) - Terrebonne Parish officials will increase their focus on public transportation with projects to bolster the bus system and increase rail service in the parish.

The Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1parsoR ) Councilwoman Beryl Amedee (AH’-muh-day) and parish Senior Planner Chris Pulaski attended a one-day Amtrak conference in Nashville, Tennessee, last week to see about expanding service to the Schriever train stop.

Amedee says many of the improvement projects potentially paid for by Amtrak are based on ridership to and from the location.

According to Amtrak’s figures there were roughly 1,800 passengers serviced by the Schriever stop in 2013.

On Tuesday, the Parish Council will discuss an ordinance to approve a roughly $1.1 million grant for Terrebonne’s Good Earth bus system.

The grant will provide money for operations, planning and maintenance for the bus system.

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