transportation

Vitter, Others Support Tolls To Complete I-49

Oct 6, 2014
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U.S. Sen. David Vitter says he "aggressively favors tolls" to pay part of the $3 billion needed for the completion of Interstate 49 between Lafayette and New Orleans.

Vitter made the statements Friday at a meeting of the I-49 South Coalition in Lafayette, drawing support from other attendees.

A feasibility study released recently concludes that a toll of 18 cents per mile toll could pay for 30-40 percent of the project.

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After today, New Orleans drivers with handicap tags and license plates will be able to park in metered parking spaces for up to three hours without paying.

The City Council passed the new ordinance on Thursday.

Disability activists say they had been seeking to change the parking laws for many years, but never made progress until threatening to sue the city for violating the Americans With Disabilities Act, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports.

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The St. Charles streetcar line is one of nine new national historic landmarks announced Tuesday by the Department of the Interior.

The St. Charles Line has been in operation since 1835, making it the oldest continuously working street railway in the country.

A key bundle of federal funds has been approved for the new terminal planned at Louis Armstrong International Airport.

Uber Car Service Allowed To Operate In New Orleans

Sep 4, 2014
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After a long campaign to get permission to operate in New Orleans, the Uber car service app will become available for use locally  -- with a minimum fare of $15.

The City Council cleared the way for Uber’s operation with a 4-3 vote on Thursday.

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The New Orleans City Council has delayed a decision on allowing luxury limousine service from the cell phone-based company, Uber.

Members decided to revisit the matter at its September 4 meeting.

The company, with support from the mayor’s office, wants to start at least limited service. Uber operates in other cities, where customers book rides from an app.

Ridesharing: A Tale of Two Cities

Aug 14, 2014

The ridesharing company Uber has gotten a mixed reception in Louisiana. WWNO's Malorie Marshall has been following the company’s foray into New Orleans, where politicians and members of the taxi industry have been resistant.

Meanwhile, Baton Rouge has seized on the opportunity, quickly passing an ordinance that allowed Uber to get rolling in the capitol city in July. A couple weeks later, I opened up Uber’s app on my smartphone to see if I could catch a ride.


Fatal Tugboat Accident At Industrial Canal

Aug 14, 2014

 

The Coast Guard says a tugboat captain is dead after the arm of a crane struck a bridge and fell back onto the tug's pilothouse.

The accident happened early Thursday morning on the Industrial Canal north of the Mississippi River in New Orleans.

Authorities say the tugboat was pushing a barge with a crane. The crane's arm struck a drawbridge and fell back on the tug. Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Lally says the drawbridge was open at the time of the accident.

He says the state inspected the bridge and it was reopened to vehicle traffic.

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A committee evaluating proposals to build a new terminal at Louis Armstrong International Airport is recommending a joint venture composed largely of New Orleans-area businesses.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the recommendation makes Hunt Gibbs Boh Metro the favorite to land the $546.5 million project.

Community groups are pushing the City of New Orleans to make sure local workers get their share of the jobs expected from a half-billion-dollar airport project. Up to 13,000 construction jobs could be created from building a new terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

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