BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Capital Area Transit System will roll its Touchdown Express service for its third year, bringing Tiger fans to and from LSU's campus from downtown Baton Rouge and the new L'Auberge Casino Hotel.

The Advocate reports ( CATS Chief Executive Officer Brian Marshall said the football bus route carried 3,000 riders from downtown to Tiger Stadium for football games last year.

Last years' service generated about $12,000 in fare income, said Gary Owens, CATS chief financial officer.

The L'Auberge casino opens Aug. 29, just in time for LSU's Sept. 1 season opener against North Texas.

Marshall said casino officials believe there will be about 400 people traveling from its hotel to the LSU campus for each game day.

He said the downtown service has been very successful.

"Last year they had about 20 buses and every seat was filled back and forth," Marshall said.

The bus service caters to people who want to avoid campus traffic and parking fees, and it spreads the game-day experience to the downtown area.

This will be the first year the North Boulevard Town Square will be open for football season.

Downtown Development District Executive Director Davis Rhorer said Town Square will have music and other activities for Tiger fans who start their game day downtown.

He also said games and highlights will shown on a flat-screen display in the Town Square.


Information from: The Advocate,