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6:05 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Another Roadblock For Uber's Expansion Into New Orleans

The Uber smartphone service provides an alternative to traditional taxi and limousine services in over 70 cities. The New Orleans City Council has introduced an ordinance forcing the service to charge minimum fares of $25-$35.
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The smartphone-based car service Uber has encountered a barrier to its expansion into New Orleans in the form of high minimum fare requirements, the New Orleans CityBusiness reports.

The city council introduced legislation last week that would establish a minimum fare of at least $25 for an Uber sedan ride. Uber officials were expecting a minimum fare requirement of about $10 to $15 dollars. A $25 minimum fare would be one of the more expensive minimums in more than 70 cities where the service operates.

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Latest News
4:18 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Hefty Fines Could Hit Drivers Without Insurance

Louisiana drivers who don't maintain insurance face a steep increase in fees.
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In the final hours of the legislative session, lawmakers passed a $53 million fee hike on drivers who don't maintain car insurance as required by law.

Most of the money is slated largely to go to state police to boost trooper salaries. Other beneficiaries include local sheriffs and district attorneys.

The measure by Rep. Barry Ivey raises fees for the reinstatement of driving privileges if a driver has been caught without insurance.

Hurricane Season
10:55 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Even Small Storm Surges Will Swamp I-10 Evacuation Routes

Unprotected sections of I-10 to the east and west of the city will flood during even a small storm, emergency preparedness officials say.
Credit The Lens

Unprotected sections of Interstate 10, to the east and west of the city, will be swamped by storm surge even during a smaller storm, The Lens is reporting.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Drivers’ Licenses: Costing More, but Lasting Longer

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 2:20 pm

It looks like the cost of a driver’s license is going up—but so is the length of time between renewals.

“The fee will be more, but it’s a six year fee, so over time it’ll be the same,” explains Franklin Foil.

The Baton Rouge representative authored the measure increasing both the cost and expiration dates for all Louisiana drivers’ licenses. A basic license, which now costs $21.50 and is good for four years, will be going up to $32.50, and will be valid for six years.

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Latest News
5:22 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Uber Is Trying Again To Service New Orleans

Taxi and limo companies in New Orleans have resisted competition by Uber, a smartphone app that connects drivers with riders.
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Workers with the San Francisco-based car service Uber say they’re working with the city to allow the company to legally operate in New Orleans, New Orleans City Business is reporting.

Uber has had trouble trying to expand into New Orleans so far. But Uber’s New Orleans general manager Thomas Hayes said that the company is currently working to revise regulations that have kept Uber from operating in the city. Hayes told City Business that the company is optimistic about support from City Hall.

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Latest News
5:24 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

House Panel Advances REAL ID Legislation

Louisiana is one of several states in the U.S. scrambling to come into compliance with federal ID laws.
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Louisiana driver's licenses could move in line with a federal identification law, under a proposal that won the backing of the House Transportation Committee.

The bill is designed to keep state residents from running into domestic flying difficulties by 2016, if licenses aren't deemed compliant with the REAL ID law.

Lawmakers enacted a prohibition against compliance with the federal law in 2008, because of concerns about privacy.

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Latest News
6:02 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Crescent City Connection Toll Amnesty Costs Outweigh Revenues

An amnesty program aimed at getting motorists to cough up the cash they owed for Crescent City Connection toll violations cost the state almost $225,000.
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A state audit finds an amnesty program aimed at getting motorists to cough up the cash they owed for Crescent City Connection toll violations cost Louisiana almost $225,000 more than it brought in.

The state Legislative Auditor's report, which examined how funds from the CCC tolls have been used since the tolls ended last year, also found nearly $6.6 million remained unclaimed in an account set up to refund money to motorists who used Geaux Pass toll tags at the end of December.

Community
10:58 am
Mon April 7, 2014

April 9th Is NOLA Bike To Work Day

Bike Lanes on St. Claude Ave. in the Bywater neighborhood.
Credit Paula Burch-Celentano / flickr.com

Wednesday, April 9th is NOLA Bike to Work Day, a citywide initiative that aims to highlight the benefits of biking and new developments to improve safety and conditions for cyclists. Now in its third year, Entergy and community organization Bike Easy have teamed up to offer "bike trains", giveaways and meet ups throughout the day.

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Community
7:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Groups Working To Connect 9th Ward Split By Industrial Canal

Historic photo of the St. Claude Ave. bridge. Community activists are pushing for a dedicated lane on the bridge to help residents without cars traverse the Industrial Canal.
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The lack of a dedicated bike lane is highlighted in effort to connect the Upper and Lower 9th Ward over the Industrial Canal.

Several environmental and advocacy groups are working to unite the 9th Ward by improving ways to cross the Industrial Canal. A weekend bike ride highlighted the problem of getting from one side to another with no dedicated bike path.

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Latest News
5:15 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Louisiana Driver's Licenses Don't Comply With Federal Law

Louisiana residents may have to use passports to fly domestically if state drivers licenses don't comply with federal REAL ID laws by 2016.
Carl Lender Flickr

Louisiana residents could have trouble boarding a plane if state driver’s licenses don’t come into compliance with federal law by 2016.

The leader of the House Transportation Committee is trying to broker a compromise that will put Louisiana driver's licenses in line with a federal laws.

State lawmakers rejected the added security requirements for a driver's license in 2008, saying they were too intrusive. That resulted in Louisiana driver's licenses that are not compliant with federal REAL ID laws.

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