New Orleans Regional Transit Authority staff are working on a 20-year strategic mobility plan to integrate and improve public transportation and there’s still time to make your voice heard.
The plan, which is being developed by the Regional Transit Authority, is meant to “establish the vision, goals and roadmap for public transportation in the city and region” for the next two decades. There are five planned phases before the final plan is submitted in December, and the first centers around community conversations.
“We’re looking at a lot more general regionwide and citywide transportation issues, which will help in the short term,” said Vivek Shah, transportation planner Transdev, the private operating partner of the RTA at a neighborhood meeting earlier this year.
The process includes feedback from the general public, stakeholder groups and passengers, Shah said. The plan is part of the RTA’s “larger commitment” to equity and access, as well as customer service and performance.
After a series of public meetings officials moved on to the “Exploring Opportunities” stage. That phase included assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the system, sharing info on emerging technology and understanding current mobility demands.
Now, officials are on the “Visioning” phase, which updates RTA’s vision, mission and goals and develops strategies to reach those goals. The phase will also determine how progress is measured during the 20-year plan. “Evaluating Options” is the fourth step, where officials look over different mobility strategies and assess opportunities.
The final step drafts a proposed plan for a “sustainable, equitable and vibrant New Orleans region” by December.
RTA is asking for public input either in person, over email or via an online survey. To sign your neighborhood association up for a presentation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 504-228-2626.