transportation

Red River Radio
10:17 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Contentious Shreveport highway extension seeks more public input

Local residents pore over maps displayed at the Shreve Memorial Library Hamilton / South Caddo branch, one of two public meetings held Thursday as part of the environmental study phase.

Public input is sought for an unfinished and litigated expressway extension in south Shreveport that has kept public and private interests at loggerheads for years.

Two public comment meetings were held Thursday by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and local transportation leaders for stage 1 of a seven-step process. It began with a 10-minute slide show that provided a primer on the La. 3132 Inner Loop Expressway Stage 1 Environmental Study.

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Red River Radio
3:03 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Political Potholes: Raising Taxes for Roads

Louisiana’s $1.6-billion budget hole is doing nothing to help with the state’s $14-billion backlog of road and bridge projects.

“We kicked the can down the road, but we lost it in a pothole. And we can’t get the can out,” says House Transportation chair Karen St. Germain.

So she offered two tax-raising measures to solve the problem. One, HB 778, increases the state’s sales tax by a penny. The other, HB 777, ups the tax on fuel, gasoline and diesel, by ten cents per gallon.

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Red River Radio
9:40 am
Tue May 5, 2015

I-69 subject of public meetings in Bossier City, Homer and Stonewall

A series of public meetings get underway Wednesday to bring residents of northwest Louisiana up to speed on the status of the interstate 69 project.

The more than 2,600-mile interstate will cut through eight states from Port Huron, Michigan, to Laredo, Texas, gateways to Canada and Mexico. I-69 will clip the corner of Louisiana accounting for 90 miles, according Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker. He is president of I-69 Mid-continent Highway Coalition Inc. and has worked to advance I-69 for more than 20 years.

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Education
7:21 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Miller McCoy Academy, A Failing School In New Orleans East, Cuts Back School Bus Services

Credit dhendrix73 / Flickr

Schools are back in session after Mardi Gras break. At one school, many students are adjusting to a change: no more yellow school buses.

When Miller McCoy Academy started back up on Monday, many students who had relied on yellow buses had to find a new way there. That's because the charter school, located in New Orleans East, cut back its bus services. It eliminated several routes and combined others.

The school's board members say the change saves $14,000 a month. They've distributed about 150 bus tokens to students.

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Community
7:15 am
Fri February 13, 2015

When Cars And Bicycles Fail To Get Along: Look Out For Bike Lash

Bike Easy leads workshops on cyclist safety for all ages.
Bike Easy

Bike lanes and the number of cyclists are growing steadily around New Orleans, and that means the chance for bike-related accidents is growing, too. Crashes, injuries and fatalities remain high. Lots of drivers aren’t used to so many bikers on the road, and many bikers don’t obey the laws.

There’s a name for this type of confusion and the frustration it causes: Bike Lash.

Nina Feldman has the story on why there's confusion about sharing the road in New Orleans, and what to do about it.

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Red River Radio
8:58 am
Tue January 20, 2015

History Matters: O.Winston Link's photographs documented steam locomotion and Louisiana life

O. Winston Link, "Girl Eating Honeycomb, Donaldsonville, LA," 1937. Copyright W. Conway Link.

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 11:56 am

Centenary College's Meadows Museum of Art features a photography retrospective, “Images of Excellence: The O. Winston Link Centennial,” running through Jan. 31. The photographer's son, Shreveport resident W. Conway Link, helped curate the exhibit. It features more than 50 black and white photographs, including three large bodies of Link's work—his Louisiana series, his commercial photography, and his steam locomotive series. Commentator Gary Joiner explains who was O. Winston Link.

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Latest News
7:46 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Rampart Streetcar Construction Will Continue Despite Lawsuit

A federal judge says she will not stop construction on a new streetcar line in New Orleans while a group sues for more studies of the project.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that District Judge Nannette Brown says plaintiffs did not offer any evidence that the job involves federal money. That's a key requirement for such a lawsuit.

A local bond issue is paying for the $41.5 million North Rampart Street line.

Politics
7:27 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Candidates For Governor To Debate Transportation

The four candidates for Louisiana governor are set to meet in their first forum of the campaign.

Friday's event in Baton Rouge will focus on transportation issues. Louisiana has a $12 billion backlog of road and bridge work, and no clear plan for resolution.

Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Senator David Vitter — all Republicans — and Democratic state Representative John Bel Edwards will take part.

The forum is sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies.

Latest News
7:24 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Bonds Approved For New Terminal At Armstrong International Airport

The State Bond Commission has kicked off the start of funding a new airport terminal in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Advocate reports it approved $650 million in borrowing to pay for a 650,000-square-foot, three-story terminal. It will be built on property now used by Louis Armstrong International Airport — but closer to Interstate 10.

Airport Aviation Director Iftikhar Ahmad says plans to revamp the facility have been discussed since 1974.

It opened in 1946, but the way it evolved has proven troublesome.

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Business & Technology
11:43 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Electric car company Tesla Motors expanding number of charging stations in Louisiana

Tesla Motors Model S.
Credit Tesla Motors

Tesla Motors, the luxury electric car company founded by technology mogul Elon Musk, has opened a new Supercharger station in Lake Charles.

Superchargers are what the company calls its proprietary charging stations. The company says the new location in Lake Charles will enable drivers of its Model S vehicles to replenish a half charge in 20 minutes.

That half charge will enable a Model S driver to travel about 150 miles. A fully-charged Model S has a range of about 265 miles, the company says.

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