Stepping up to the challenge

This week at the 2010 American Planning Association Conference, I had a chance to take a field trip to meet planners who are “stepping up to the challenge” of reinventing public transportation in New Orleans.   I attended three mobile workshops that detailed the recovery of the transit system from a multi-modal perspective — bus, streetcar, and bicycle. Several themes stuck out from the mobile workshops:

  • Value of transportation options in the community
  • Opportunities for restructuring and revitalizing the transit system
  • Transit infrastructure as a catalyst for economic growth
  • Design and planning of new intermodal hubs due to population shifts
  • Constraints and adaptations from pre-Katrina system legacies
  • New planning efforts due to re-envisioning of the transit network
  • Temporary solutions for areas undergoing repopulation

I gained a new perspective on transit planning from this experience and met many brilliant and inspiring planners that are helping the city to turn the corner by meeting the difficult challenges that have faced post-Katrina New Orleans.



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