transportation

Commuting
4:10 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Are You A Mega-Commuter?

Are you a mega-commuter?

The United States Census Bureau defines "mega-commuters" as people who travel at least 90 minutes or more than 50 miles to work each day. Nearly 600,000 Americans have a mega-commute, according to the Census Bureau, and 10.8 million travel at least an hour to work each way.

Over 192,000 people commute into Orleans Parish, according to the Census (including people traveling to and from work within the city).

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Traffic
12:25 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Widening of U.S. 190 Bottleneck to Begin in April

State highway officials say work will begin in April on a busy stretch of U.S. Highway 190 that straddles Bayou Chinchuba in Mandeville.

The Times-Picayune reports the $11.3 million project will correct what many frustrated motorists have referred to as a hiccup in an earlier road improvement effort designed to ease east-west traffic flow through the heart of the city.

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Lafayette
11:33 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Lafayette Airport Marks Another Record Year

A record number of passengers flew into and out of Lafayette Regional Airport in 2012, marking three consecutive years of record-breaking passenger activity.

A total of 459,119 travelers flew into and out of the airport in 2012, topping the previous number of 455,730 set in 2011.

The Advertiser reports Mike Burrows, the airport's assistant director of aviation, credited the soaring activity to increased marketing efforts through the Fly Lafayette campaign.

Super Bowl XLVII
1:48 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Ferry Schedules for Super Bowl Sunday Released

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has announced the Mississippi River schedules for Super Bowl weekend, Feb. 2-3.

Canal-Gretna

The Gretna Ferry, which services the route to and from Canal Street, will go into service at 12:45 p.m. It will make its last trip from Gretna at 11:30 p.m. and its last trip from Canal at midnight. Departures from Gretna will be made on the half hour and from Canal on the hour. Gretna is a pedestrian only route.

Canal-Algiers

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Algiers Ferry
10:41 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Algiers Ferry Terminal Work to Finish this Afternoon

Work on the damaged Algiers Point Ferry Terminal that was suspended yesterday due to inclement weather will be completed today by 3:30 p.m., according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

Ferry service from the Algiers Point terminal will remain suspended while the work is being completed, the DOTD said. However, the DOTD says all construction is weather-dependent, and may need to be rescheduled again.

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Loyola Avenue Streetcar
7:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Streetcar Expansion Could Help Local Communities

The Loyola Avenue streetcar line is now operating from the Union Passenger Terminal at Howard Avenue to Canal Street. While much has been made of it serving merely to shuttle tourists to the Superdome, it could serve residents as well.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Loyola Avenue Streetcar Line Debuts

The new Loyola Ave. streetcar on Friday. The line will be officially launched today.
WDSU.com

Federal and city officials will gather at the Union Passenger Terminal today to kick off service on the new Loyola Avenue streetcar line. Special stops are planned along the mile-and-a-half route.

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Super Bowl XLVII
5:52 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

DOTD: No Lane Closures During 'Super Gras'

Because of the magnitude of special events surrounding Super Bowl and a full slate of parades associated with New Orleans' carnival season, state transportation officials say they are suspending lane closures on all bridges, freeways, expressways and arterial roadways near those activities.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says the suspension will be in place form 8 a.m. Friday through 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Super Bowl XLVII
11:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Heavy Air Traffic Expected in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge tourism and airport officials are preparing for a large influx of traffic through the city because of the Super Bowl in New Orleans on Feb. 3.

Some of the heaviest traffic will come through Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, where officials and businesses are expecting as many as 250 additional planes that will need to be parked during the event.

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Latest News
2:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

State Spent $668M on Transportation Infrastructure in 2012

State officials say more than $668 million was spent on roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure during 2012.

Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Sherri LeBas says the money went to 372 improvement projects on more than 1,000 miles of roadways and 71 bridges in Louisiana.

LeBas said the state has reduced the backlog of road and bridge needs by nearly $2 billion. The department is responsible for more than 16,000 miles of roadway.

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