National, state and local transportation officials will joinfor a community forum from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to discuss local and regional transportation concerns.

The Connect Coalition, a group working across the Baton Rouge and New Orleans regions to advocate for more transportation options, will hold the free public forum at the LSU Lod Cook Alumni Center at 3838 W. Lakeshore Drive.

It will feature updates and discussions about current and future transportation options in the region, including passenger rail between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

“This event is designed to explore every transportation option and to drive the dialogue about how a regional transportation system should link people to housing and jobs, thus enhancing economic development in the region,” Rachel DiResto, executive vice president of the Center for Planning Excellence, said in a statement.

The Connect Coalition includes key stakeholders involved in transportation, jobs and housing throughout the region. The Center for Planning Excellence formed the coalition in 2010 to focus attention on regional transportation needs.

The day will feature presentations by and discussions with officials from the Federal Highway Administration; Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development; Capital Region Planning Commission; New Orleans Regional Planning Commission; South Central Planning and Development Commission; New Orleans Regional Transit Agency; Baton Rouge Capital Area Transit System (CATS); the cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Registration is available at