transportation en Another Roadblock For Uber's Expansion Into New Orleans <p>The smartphone-based car service <a href="">Uber</a> has encountered a barrier to its expansion into New Orleans in the form of high minimum fare requirements, the New Orleans CityBusiness&nbsp;reports.</p><p>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.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:05:47 +0000 Janaya Williams 62465 at Hefty Fines Could Hit Drivers Without Insurance <p>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.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most of the money is slated largely to go to state police to boost trooper salaries. Other beneficiaries include local sheriffs and district attorneys.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The measure by Rep. Barry Ivey raises fees for the reinstatement of driving privileges if a driver has been caught without insurance.</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:18:44 +0000 Associated Press 62098 at Even Small Storm Surges Will Swamp I-10 Evacuation Routes <p></p><p>Unprotected sections of Interstate 10, to the east and west of the city, will be swamped by storm surge even during a smaller storm, <a href="" target="_blank">The Lens is reporting</a>.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 15:55:15 +0000 Jason Saul 61569 at Drivers’ Licenses: Costing More, but Lasting Longer <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p>It looks like the cost of a driver’s license is going up—but so is the length of time between renewals.<p>“The fee will be more, but it’s a six year fee, so over time it’ll be the same,” explains Franklin Foil.<p>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.<p> Tue, 27 May 2014 08:02:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 61482 at Uber Is Trying Again To Service New Orleans <p>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.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:22:29 +0000 Janaya Williams 59001 at House Panel Advances REAL ID Legislation <p>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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />Lawmakers enacted a prohibition against compliance with the federal law in 2008, because of concerns about privacy.<br /> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:24:59 +0000 Associated Press 58606 at Crescent City Connection Toll Amnesty Costs Outweigh Revenues <p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:02:26 +0000 Associated Press 58056 at April 9th Is NOLA Bike To Work Day <p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:58:54 +0000 Laine Kaplan-Levenson 57918 at Groups Working To Connect 9th Ward Split By Industrial Canal <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 57902 at Louisiana Driver's Licenses Don't Comply With Federal Law <p>Louisiana residents could have trouble boarding a plane if state driver’s licenses don’t come into compliance with federal law by 2016.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:15:12 +0000 The Associated Press 57236 at