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Down the Road: Our Transportation Future (2014)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2014-08-27

Duration: 00:58:07

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Transportation | Traffic congestion


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Scott, Robert Travis Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • St. German, Karen Interviewee
  • LeBas, Sherri Interviewee
  • Gautreaux, Cathy Interviewee
  • Martinez, Tommy Interviewee
  • Thomas, Elizabeth "Boo" Interviewee
  • Cunningham, Kevin, Jr. Speaker
  • Bertholot, Pee Wee Speaker
  • Morrison, Greg Speaker
  • Chaisson, Stacey Speaker
  • Soileau, Paul Speaker
  • Brandon, Cheryl Speaker
  • Kemp, Jessica Speaker
  • Guillot, Mitch Speaker
  • Smart, Judy Speaker
  • Thomas, L.C. Speaker
  • Woods, Victor Speaker
  • Haymon, Cordell Speaker
  • Cutrera, Lu Speaker
  • Bertolette, William F. Speaker
  • Cook, Tamaraha Speaker
  • Adley, Robert Panelist
  • DiResto, Rachel Panelist
  • Movassaghi, Kam Panelist
  • St. Germain, Karen Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from August 27, 2014, features Robert Travis Scott leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on Louisiana’s transportation priorities. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: State Representative Karen St. German; Secretary Sherri LeBas of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD); Cathy Gautreaux, the director of the Louisiana Motor Transport Association; Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez; and Elizabeth “Boo” Thomas of the Center for Planning Excellence. The audience members then discuss traffic congestion and how to fund transportation improvements. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: State Senator Robert Adley, the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee; Rachel DiResto, the executive vice president of the Center for Planning Excellence; Dr. Kam Movassaghi, the president of Fenstermaker and the former secretary of DOTD; and State Representative Karen St. Germain, the chairwoman of the House Transportation Committee. They discuss: the Washington Street exit on Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge; the lack of funding for transportation projects around the state; alternative modes of transportation; the need for a new Mississippi River Bridge in the Baton Rouge region; toll roads; transportation priorities; the importance of accountability; and possible funding options. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Robert Travis Scott