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NEW ORLEANS RTA
"We're making good progress, but we realize this is an
ongoing process. Even having
the SMP as a benchmark for our
actions is very helpful in building trust. With that document as
our guidepost, it's easy to evaluate how the RTA is doing, and
whether our big decisions match
the strategy and objectives we
agreed on as a community," explained Neal.
In addition to the regional
mobility accomplishments mentioned in the previous section, the
SMP supports additional projects
RTA has made progress on.
The Regional Planning Commission (RPC) recently initiated
a Comprehensive Operational
Analysis (COA), known as New
Links which is being led by the
RPC in partnership with RTA and
JeT with support from the city of

New Orleans and is a year-long
project designed to study regional public transit connectivity between Orleans, Jefferson and St.
Bernard parishes. Neal explains
that the goal is to develop recommendations for a network redesign that will ultimately improve
the frequency, reliability and integration of public transit across
all three parishes.
"New Links is a key step to implementing the RTA's 2017 Strategic Mobility Plan," said Munster.
"The SMP calls for completing a
new COA with recommendations
for a network redesign by 2020.
The New Links process will be
modeled on successful network
redesigns in cities such as Houston and Columbus, Ohio, which
were able to significantly grow
their transit ridership. We are
hopeful that this redesign will

"When

people move
around the
region, they
don't care
about political
boundaries
they care
about getting
where they
need to go."
- FLOZELL
DANIELS, JR.,
Regional
Transit
Authority's
Board
of Commissioners
Chairman

help us serve more people and
eventually increase frequency on
the routes that will help carry the
highest number of people to jobs."
The SMP outreach process
also identified the Canal Streetcar line as one corridor where
riders believed improvements
would be beneficial.
"[This is] the most important
transit line for residents in our
system. Residents take more than
3 million trips on it every year,
more than any other line, yet it's
one of the slowest segments in the
RTA system. It connects to our
downtown job centers, as well as
to every streetcar line, the Canal
Street ferry and nearly every bus
line. Improving performance is
essential for getting our riders
better access to jobs, healthcare
and simply freedom of movement," said Munster.

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