transportation

Green Minute
8:13 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Green Tips On 'Hypermiling'

Hypermiling STATS.

You know the old saying: "If you give him an inch, he’ll take a mile." There couldn’t be more perfect of a way to describe hypermiling. Not familiar with the term? It’s the science and craft behind squeezing every possible drop out of your car's gas mileage.

Read more
WRKF
2:10 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Debt on Bridge to Grand Isle, Port Fourchon in Danger of Default

In December, the forecasted revenue for the LA1 toll-bridge will be less than the bill the state owes that month on the borrowed money it took to build it. Toll revenue is by statute bound to pay off the bonds. If the state defaults on the bridge, it could negatively effect the entire state's credit rating.

The LA1 bridge is the only way to access Port Fourchon and Grande Isle by car. The bridge was built after hurricanes wiped out parts of the unelevated road now called "Old LA1."

Read more
The Lens
2:17 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Years Of Political Inaction Preceded Latest Cutbacks In Algiers Ferry Service

The reduced hours of the Algiers ferry should come as no surprise to those who have talked about options for years but done little to implement them.
Credit Della Hasselle / The Lens

Considering that the Algiers ferry has been a fixture on the river for years, its demise seemed to come suddenly. The ferry lost its main source of funding, the Crescent City Connection tolls, earlier this year. No private company stepped in to take it over.Dreams to turn it into a party boat foundered.

Read more
Algiers Ferry
8:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

As Mississippi River Ferry Service Slowly Disappears, Many Are Searching For Answers

Protestors adjacent to the Algiers Point ferry terminal held a rally on the Fourth of July to protest the cuts to service.
Janaya Williams WWNO

This story was reported by Della Hasselle of The Lens, and produced by Janaya Williams.

The Algiers Ferry was hit with a reduction in hours last week. Ferry riders and small business owners say they’re already feeling the effects, and with major funding lost and no clear plan in place for the ferry’s future operations, West Bank commuters are looking for answers.

Read more
WRKF
5:32 am
Tue July 9, 2013

The Last Bus to New Orleans

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 9:01 am

LA Swift got its start after Hurricane Katrina, shuttling evacuees and recovery workers between the Crescent and Capitol cities.

Ridership spiked after the storm, dropped off, and is now steadily growing. But the riders are commuters, using the bus to get to work.

The bus ran out of funding in June, but the service provider agreed to keep rolling another month. Long-time rider MiLisa York, who’s started a petition to keep the bus going long-term.

Read more
NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century
9:17 am
Mon July 1, 2013

City Life Snapshot: Pullman Rail Car

Pullman Rail Journeys is bringing restored, historic luxury Pullman train cars back in service between Chicago and New Orleans.
Courtesy of Louisa Chu/WBEZ

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 9:20 pm

This City Life Snapshot brings us sound of an old fashioned technology for connecting our cities that's still operating in some parts of the country. We board a Pullman Rail Car that regularly makes the trip from Chicago to New Orleans thanks to the company, Pullman Rail Journeys. Head Steward Rick Hansen gives us a tour. This comes to us from Jennifer Brandel at member station WBEZ and the Localore project Curious City.

Read more
Huey P. Long Bridge Widening
10:04 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

A View From The Top: Huey P. Long Bridge

View from the top of the newly expanded bridge. The gray steel is the expansion.
Frank Relle

This Sunday is a big day in the history of a Louisiana landmark. The Huey P. Long Bridge is scheduled to re-open, with three wider lanes of car traffic on each side, and two rail lines running down the middle.

Read more
WRKF
4:52 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Survey Says LA Swift Shutdown Could Hurt Jobs

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 12:21 pm

State plans to shut down the low-cost bus from Baton Rouge to New Orleans may harm economic ties between the cities.

According to a survey released Wednesday by The Center for Planning Excellence, more than half of LA Swift riders use the service to get to and from work.

Read more
Latest News
7:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

New Airport Terminal Planned at Armstrong International Airport

A Southwest jet on final approach into the Louis Armstrong International Airport earlier this year.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and leaders throughout the region are unveiling plans to build a new airport. Supporters say it makes financial sense to replace the current 50-year-old terminal.

Read more
Bridge Tolls
1:12 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Judge Orders New Election in CCC Bridge Toll Challenge

A Baton Rouge judge has nullified the election results for the 20-year renewal of the tolls for the Crescent City Connection in New Orleans and has ordered a new election in May.

WWL-TV reports state District Judge William Morvant ruled Tuesday that several eligible voters were given provisional ballots that only included federal races and not the local measures.

The local toll renewal passed by just 36 votes in a November election.

Pages