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Walter Brooks, New Orleans Regional Planning Commission Presentation Transcript

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