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New Links is a planning project to re-imagine how public transit connects Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Bernard parishes. The goal of New Links is to propose a redesigned bus and streetcar network that makes public transportation work better for riders and the community.

In 2019, the New Links team studied each bus, streetcar and ferry line in the New Orleans region, while speaking to thousands of riders and non-riders to better understand what the New Orleans region needs from public transportation. Both riders and non-riders said they want buses and streetcars to be more on-time, more frequent, and to connect to more places around the region.

To help riders and residents see what changes could mean on a daily basis, the New Links team created three different transit service concepts to show how bus and streetcar service could be redesigned using existing resources.

These are concepts, not proposals. The concepts represent a range of ideas for how bus and streetcar service could be redesigned. They are meant to be tools to help show what it would look like in practice if the bus and streetcar was designed around different sets of goals. Our goal is to take the priorities that riders and stakeholders have asked for (more frequency, faster service, better regional connections, etc.) and show everyone how those sorts of changes might actually look in practice.

Feedback on these concepts will help the New Links team, RTA, and JeT understand your priorities as we create a plan to redesign the bus and streetcar system. We will be taking these concepts out to the public in February and March 2020, and will conclude the planning process in Summer 2020 with a workable plan for a better transit system.

The New Links team wants to hear from you. Review the three concepts and then provide your comments in our survey. If you have additional feedback, please use our comment form in the link below. Send us your feedback or sign-up to receive project updates using the button below.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thank You For The Feedback

Thank you for everyone who participated and provided feedback this spring. We are reviewing your input.

RIDE breaks down each of the potential service concepts and what they can mean for you in a series of short videos; these videos are available online to listen and learn more!

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Regional Planning Commission has suspended in-person events for New Links until further notice.

NEW LINKS TRANSIT SERVICE CONCEPTS

The New Links team developed three service concepts based on your feedback in Summer 2019. Your feedback on the three concepts will help us make a plan that the RTA and JeT can put into action.

Please keep in mind: these are concepts, not proposals. The concepts are ideas for how service could change, not scenarios for how service will change. The concepts represent a range of ideas for how bus and streetcar service could be redesigned. They are meant to be tools to help show what it would look like in practice if the bus and streetcar was designed around different sets of goals. Our goal is to take the feedback we’ve received from the public and stakeholders (more frequency, faster service, better regional connections, etc.) and show everyone how those sorts of changes might actually look in practice.

Financial resources are limited, which requires making trade-offs between different values in order to make the regional public transit network better. The three service concepts differ by the five values, as shown in a comparison chart.

Now that you have read about the concepts, please provide your feedback in our survey.

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LINKS TO STRATEGIC PLANS

New Links is the next step in implementing the RTA’s Strategic Mobility Plan (completed December 2017) and JeT’s Strategic Plan (to be completed Spring 2019). These plans provide recommendations, goals, and a vision for improving public transportation in the New Orleans area over the next 20 years. Visit the links below to view the RTA Strategic Mobility Plan or the JeT Strategic Plan.

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