Mar 292020

The St. Charles streetcar is scheduled to come along every 36 minutes. (RTA photo)

Beginning Sunday (March 29) in response to COVID-19 pandemic, the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority is further reducing its service. Some routes will remain on a Saturday schedule,  other lines will run less frequently and some routes will be eliminated during the coronavirus crisis.

In addition, the RTA will waive transit fares for bus, streetcar and ferry service until further notice. Continue reading »

Mar 062020

Carrollton Avenue traffic will be detoured onto Zimpel, Short and Oak streets. (Sewerage & Water Board map)

Sewerage & Water Board crews will repair a broken water valve on South Carrollton Avenue and Zimpel Street in the Carrollton neighborhood. Repairs will begin Saturday (March 7) at 8 a.m. Continue reading »

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Feb 072020

Thousands of runners take over St. Charles Avenue during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in 2011. (Sabree Hill, Uptown Messenger file photo)

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon runners will take to the streets — most of the streets, it seems — on Sunday (Feb. 9). Residents need to plan ahead for road closures and transportation delays.

The Central City, Garden District, Touro, Milan, Uptown, Audubon and Lower Garden District neighborhoods will be affected by the event. Informational door hangers will be distributed to residents, businesses and organizations along the route, event organizers said.

Runners will also traverse the Central Business District, French Quarter, Marigny, Treme-Lafitte, Seventh Ward, Bayou St. John, Fairgrounds, St. Bernard, Filmore, Lake Terrace & Oaks areas, and Lakeshore-Lake Vista. Continue reading »

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Feb 062020

Map from the city’s Department of Public Works. Blue: Patch mill/overlay. Red: Patch concrete. Orange: Incidental road repairs. Purple: Non-paving incidentals. (

The Freret roadwork project broke ground on Monday (Feb. 3), the Mayor’s Office announced.

Work on the project, which is one of about 200 being funded across the city with more than $2.2 billion of FEMA money, will continue for another year. Continue reading »

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Feb 052020

Blue Bikes introduces the new e-bike.

The city’s Blue Bikes bicycle sharing system has begun an expansion that will include more Uptown neighborhoods. In the coming months, the Blue Bikes service area will expand to more parts of the city, including Central City, Gert Town, Carrollton, Broadmoor, Riverbend and Uptown. Continue reading »

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Jan 062020

The city’s Department of Public Works and the Sewerage & Water Board has planned extensive road repairs in the Freret Street area.

A public meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 8, will provide residents an opportunity to learn more about the upcoming Freret Group A project and get their questions addressed, according to a notice from District B Councilman Jay Banks’ office. Continue reading »

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Dec 192019

Red demo versions of the Jump e-bikes have been used around town, but these bikes, when put into service, will be blue.They feature an e-assist that provides a boost of up to 20 mph every time you pedal. (via the Mayor’s Office)

On the second anniversary of the city’s Blue Bikes program, Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced expansion of the bike-share service to include more Uptown locations. The city also plans to replace its fleet with electric bikes, Cantrell announced. Continue reading »

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Nov 232019

The Junior Buckjumpers dance through the streets of Central City in 2011. (Sabree Hill,

The Original New Orleans Lady & Men Buckjumpers second-line, one of the season’s most popular, is happening this Sunday. Continue reading »

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Oct 292019


Improvements to add accessibility features to six St. Charles Avenue streetcar stops will interrupt service for two months, beginning in November. (RTA photo)

In early November, the city’s New Orleans Department of Public Works and the Regional Transit Authority will begin an approximately two-month project to improve access for people with disabilities at six streetcar stops. Continue reading »

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Jul 052019

Planning officials discuss the overhaul of the public transit system at a meeting for District B residents in the Dryades Public Market on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. (Jesse Baum, Uptown Messenger)

By Jesse Baum, Uptown Messenger

The Regional Transit Authority and the Regional Planning Committee hosted a community meeting Tuesday for District B at Dryades Public Market to gather feedback for a planned redesign of the public transit network that would include New Orleans and the surrounding communities.

Called New Links, the project also involves Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes’ transit agencies in an effort to make the transit network more efficient and user-friendly. Continue reading »

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Jun 192019

Director of Marketing for XL Fleet Eric Foellmer, Port NOLA President and CEO Brandy D. Christian, Executive Director of Regional Planning Commission Jeffrey Roesel and Director of Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership Courtney Young cut the ribbon on two plug-in hybrid trucks. (Port of New Orleans photo)

from the Port of New Orleans

With existing electric vehicle charging infrastructure in place and working toward energy efficiency investments defined in their new Strategic Master Plan, the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) expanded its EV fleet with the help of the Clean Fuel Transition Fund for Public Fleets, managed by the Regional Planning Commission’s Clean Fuel Partnership program. Continue reading »

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Jun 182019

Gantry cranes load containers onto drayage trucks at the Port of New Orleans. The Port is unveiling hybrid electric trucks today. (courtesy of Port of New Orleans)

The Port of New Orleans and Regional Planning Commission today will introduce new plug-in hybrid electric trucks to its electric vehicle fleet. The new trucks are part of an overall effort to reduce emissions at the multi-billion-dollar multimodal gateway for international trade.

The Port is celebrating their arrival today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its headquarters, 1350 Port of New Orleans Place, at 2 p.m.
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