In Shreveport-Bossier City
In 2007, Money Magazine rated Shreveport as one of America’s best places to live, based in part on its efficient highway system. Add to that train lines, boats, public and private bus services, and a regional airport, and you will find that traveling to, from or around the area is easy.
Shreveport-Bossier City residents enjoy a first-rate highway system, with proximity to a number of state and interstate highways. The Louisiana Department of Transportation has installed digital message boards at key highway locations to inform drivers of road conditions and driving times, making driving or commuting to and from work even easier. Development of the Interstate 69 Corridor, which will connect Canada and Mexico, has planned routes that include Shreveport, which will increase trade and lead to more jobs in both cities.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
2400 Aviation Drive
DFW Airport, TX 75261
Located 200 miles from Barksdale AFB, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has millions of travelers in and out of its facility every year. It is the largest hub for American Airlines and offers service through other major air carriers including Alaska Airlines, Air Canada, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, Spirit and United Airlines, with domestic and international connections available. Ground transportation includes public transit, taxis and rental car services.
Shreveport Regional Airport
5103 Hollywood Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71109
Serving Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas since 1952, Shreveport Regional Airport is on the western edge of Shreveport, just about 7 miles from Bossier City. It was originally opened due to an increase of demand for air service out of the Shreveport area, with expansion and renovations throughout the airport in 1998 to better accommodate the growing number of travelers.
Shreveport Regional Airport is served by Allegiant Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. Ground transportation includes both taxi service and six on-site rental car companies.
SporTran is one of the South’s oldest transportation systems and serves the Shreveport-Bossier City area. There are 18 routes and more than 50 buses, all equipped to provide service to all passengers, including those with disabilities. Most routes run seven days a week, with varying hours.
SporTran’s LiftLine service offers transportation for persons with disabilities who are unable to use the bus without a wheelchair lift or who cannot travel to or from bus stops. LiftLine operates on the same schedule as SporTran’s fixed route service, providing curbside service to and from any destination in the Shreveport or Bossier City district.
For more information on fees and scheduling, visit SporTran’s website.
Driving and Commuting
Shreveport-Bossier City is traversed by three interstate highways and several U.S. highways and state routes.
Interstate 220 and Louisiana Highway 3132 form a semi-loop around downtown, with the interstate on the north side and Louisiana Highway 3132 in the southern portion. This loop is bisected by I-20, which runs east to west. I-49 connects to I-20 in the middle of the Shreveport-Bossier City region, traveling southward and crossing Louisiana Highway 3132. Louisiana Highway 71 forms the northern line of the Shreveport-Bossier City roadway cross-hair, connecting interstates 220 and 20.
Louisiana Public Safety Services Office of Motor Vehicles
3802 Kilpatrick Blvd.
Bossier City, LA 71112
This office issues driver’s licenses, identification cards and vehicle registration and provides other driving-related services.
Military personnel and their spouses who are stationed in Louisiana from elsewhere may continue to drive with a valid driver’s license from their home state, but in general, all Louisiana residents who want to drive must apply for a driver’s license within 30 days.
All applicants must pass a vision test, but no other testing is required unless the current out-of-state license is expired by one year or more. You will be issued a Louisiana license that is the equivalent of the one you surrender.
You must appear in person to apply for a license. Be sure to bring your current, valid, out-of-state license or official driving record; Social Security card; proof of insurance, and primary and secondary support documentation.
The state spells out what is required for licensing and insurance under various scenarios in its driver’s handbook, http://dpsweb.dps.louisiana.gov/DPSForms.nsf/DriverGuides.
The state of Louisiana does not prohibit drivers from making calls on handheld wireless telephones while operating a motor vehicle. However, drivers with a learner’s permit or intermediate license must use a hands-free device while operating a motor vehicle.
Texting while driving is prohibited in Louisiana for all drivers and is punishable by a fine.
Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development
Visit the Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development’s website for interactive maps, information about road closures and travel advisories, the status of bridge and ferry crossings, and to view transmissions from live traffic cameras.