transportation

Railroad freight traffic could be shifted of tracks that run through one of Louisiana's most affluent neighborhoods if planners get their way.

But it could take $700 million to make the shift.

State transportation officials are studying whether to reroute freight trains from a track that bisects one of the most affluent parts of Metairie to a combination of tracks that would parallel Earhart Expressway and pass through the Hollygrove neighborhood on New Orleans' western edge.

The City Council has authorized expenses for unexpected work at Hammond Northshore Regional Airport after crews working there dug into what is believed to be an underground river.

The Daily Star reports the council approved an emergency change in the contract for the work to allow for about $25,000 of culverts to be installed underground to get around the river problem.

Non-Flood Protection Asset Management Agency

Lakefront Airport has been restored to its Art Deco glory days. A $20 million restoration has left the terminal looking as Huey Long once left it.

Nina Feldman / WWNO

No matter what neighborhood you live in, chances are you’ve been confronted with one thing this summer — and that’s construction. As roads from the Lakefront to the Riverbend get smoothed over, city officials are taking the opportunity to ensure that the new roads are better not only for drivers, but also for cyclists.

Lalo Flores, a Mid-City resident and avid bicyclist, is impressed by the repairs to Esplanade Ave.

Bike-Only in Baton Rouge

Aug 30, 2013

Ideas for making transportation infrastructure more bike-friendly are up for discussion at the annual Louisiana Smart Growth Summit downtown this week.

Wednesday, Nov. 28, Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets will give some officials, planning experts, and citizens at the summit a taste of what it’s like to get around the capitol city by bike now.

Mark Martin, who founded the bike advocacy group in 2006, navigates his daily routine here with only two wheels.


Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

This week on Out to Lunch, Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation at Louis Armstrong International Airport is ready to take off with an $860 million overhaul of the airport. At the Lakefront airport, Keith Sisson from new Southern Airways Express will fly you to Destin and Gulf Shores. And Peter pays it forward with Clandestine New Orleans.

Louisiana officials are investigating a Union Pacific train derailment about 60 miles west of Baton Rouge. About 100 homes have been evacuated.

Eve Troeh / WWNO

Today is the final day for the LA Swift bus. That’s the commuter bus between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, started shortly after Hurricane Katrina. It has provided transport between the cities for just a few dollars, by far the cheapest option available.

Downtown at Tulane and Loyola Avenues, Carrie Robicheaux waits for the Swift bus back to Baton Rouge, after a trip to see her New Orleans doctor. She’s taken this bus since she moved away after Katrina.

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.

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."

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