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.