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  • 1. Connect Policy Forum<br />Walter R. Brooks, Executive Director<br />Regional Planning Commission<br />July 21, 2011<br />
  • 2. Regional Planning Commission<br />Building a Sustainable Community<br />
  • 3. Regional Planning Commission<br />Legal Authority<br /><ul><li>State Enabling Legislation
  • 4. Local Ordinances
  • 5. Federal Mandates</li></li></ul><li> Regional Planning Commission<br />U.S. DOT Priorities<br /><ul><li>Safety
  • 6. Preservation (State of Good Repair)
  • 7. Economic Competitiveness
  • 8. Livable Communities
  • 9. Environmental Sustainability</li></li></ul><li>RPC as the Metropolitan Planning Organization<br /><ul><li>Long Range Transportation Plan
  • 10. AKA: Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)
  • 11. Short Range Transportation Plan
  • 12. AKA: Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)</li></li></ul><li> Transportation Investments<br />Average Annual Investments<br />1991 – Current $71.9M/year<br />2040 Plan<br /><ul><li>System Preservation 42%
  • 13. Safety & Operations 27%
  • 14. Bike/Ped 10%
  • 15. New Capacity 21%</li></ul>Transit<br /><ul><li>Discretionary $ Competitive Pot
  • 16. New Starts 50% Local Share
  • 17. Operating Cost TMAs 100% Local</li></ul> Small Urbans 50/50%<br /><ul><li>Inter-City Rail FRA (not FTA)</li></li></ul><li>
  • 18. Transportation Investments – FY-09<br />
  • 19. Transportation Investments – FY-10<br />Total Investments $203m<br />87 Projects<br />
  • 20. RPC Annual Allocations from the State Transportation Fund for the New Orleans Urbanized Area<br />
  • 21. public Participation in the Planning Process<br />New Directions 2010 and Beyond<br /><ul><li>Federal Programs Integration
  • 22. Emphasis on increased public participation and education
  • 23. Greater democratization of decision-making
  • 24. Renewed Central City Focus</li></li></ul><li> RPC’s Citizens Survey<br />
  • 25. Regional Planning Commission<br />Recurring Issues and Themes<br /><ul><li>Roads
  • 26. Repair Streets and Sidewalks
  • 27. Improve Operational Controls</li></ul>(fix signals, add turn lanes, traffic safety)<br /><ul><li> Transit
  • 28. Service Reliability/Transit Demand
  • 29. Greater Transit Connectivity
  • 30. More Streetcar Lines
  • 31. Transit shelters and Trip Info</li></li></ul><li> Regional Planning Commission<br />Recurring Issues and Themes<br /><ul><li>Bike and Pedestrians
  • 32. Add Bike Lanes
  • 33. Enhance Pedestrian Crossings
  • 34. UPWP Projects Feasibility Studies</li></li></ul><li>How We Make Decisions<br />RPC Transportation Policy Committee<br />RPC Staff<br />Advisory Councils<br /><ul><li>Complete Streets Advisory Council
  • 35. Transit Advisory Council
  • 36. Freight Advisory Council
  • 37. Regional Livability Advisory Council</li></ul>Technical Advisory Committee<br /><ul><li> Parish & Planning Directors
  • 38. Parish Department of Public Works
  • 39. Parish & City Chief Administrative Officers
  • 40. Local Transit Operators
  • 41. Louisiana DOTD
  • 42. New Orleans Public Belt Railroad
  • 43. Port of New Orleans
  • 44. LA Motor Transport Association
  • 45. Louisiana Airport Authority
  • 46. National Safety Council
  • 47. Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission
  • 48. Crescent City Connection Commission
  • 49. U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • 50. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • 51. Federal Transit Administration (FTA)</li></ul>RPC Staff<br />The General Public<br />
  • 52. Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan<br />Prepare Strategic Action Plan for Implementation of Goals<br />Passage of HCR 131<br />Begin plan implementation<br />Prepare & Adopt Coordinated Plan <br />2010<br />2011<br />2007<br />
  • 53. RPC’s Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan<br /><ul><li>Identifies transportation needs of the elderly, disabled, and low income
  • 54. Provides strategies for meeting those needs
  • 55. Prioritizes transportation services for funding and implementation
  • 56. Was developed through a process </li></ul>involving representatives from <br />transportation providers, <br />human service agencies, Parish <br />departments, LaDOTD, and <br />advocacy groups<br />
  • 57. Coordinated Planning Process Quarterly Meetings<br />1. Provide forum for discussion between human service agencies, advocacy groups, transit providers, LA DOTD, etc.<br />2. Identify ways to implement strategies in the plan<br />3. Inform related planning initiatives, such as the Comprehensive Operations Analysis and the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)<br />4. Raise issues, concerns, and needs regarding public transit and human services transportation<br />5. Prioritize strategies for funding and implementation<br />6. Develop input into the plan 2012 update<br />7. Strengthen cooperation and coordination between stakeholders<br />
  • 58. RPC’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Program Has Trained<br />190Engineers and Planners<br /> 31 Police in 8 Jurisdictions<br /> 27 Citizens<br />
  • 59. RPC’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Program Effectiveness<br />Bicycle fatalities are45%<br />Pedestrian fatalities remain the<br />same, but reported injuries are<br />5.64%<br />
  • 60. Making Livable Communities Happen<br />The Magazine Street Example<br />
  • 61.
  • 62.
  • 63. Despite the infrastructure improvements…sometimes you can’t teach an old dog new tricks<br />
  • 64.
  • 65. TULANE AVENUE<br />
  • 66. Magazine Street<br />
  • 67. Harrison Avenue<br />
  • 68. Leake Avenue<br />
  • 69. Andrew Higgins Drive<br />
  • 70. Andrew Higgins Drive<br />
  • 71. Wisner Blvd. and Trail<br />
  • 72. Phase I – I-10 East Beautification<br />
  • 73. Thank you<br />Walter R. Brooks, Executive Director<br />Regional Planning Commission<br />

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