Transit Transformation in New Orleans

Jonna McKone asks, "How can transportation and urban development—from housing to public spaces to landscaping—repair a blighted American city?"

McKone looks at the "slew of challenges" in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the more recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill with a focus on public transportation. Citing a report from several local and state institutions, McKone point out that "[t]he city aims to 'provide safe, convenient non-motorized choices for the diverse New Orleans population' centered on an active transportation network."

McKone highlights the potential benefits of removing expressways that cut through the city, the success of the 12.6 miles of bike lanes running across the city, and the positive economic returns that could be realized by placing a light rail corridor to Baton Rouge.

"With each completed project, no matter how small, the city moves forward," McKone concludes.

Thanks to Garrett Bradford

Full Story: Cities in Flux: Rebuilding New Orleans With Better Transportation

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