Thank you again for signing on with ORGANIZATION to the Ride New Orleans-sponsored Coalition for Quality Transit.
I wanted to give you a quick update of where we are in a very important transit planning process and let you know how you can help.
Right now, as you know, New Orleans region transit service is very far from where it needs to be. Riders experience unacceptably long waits and longer travel time, which means – in most places – transit doesn’t provide the reasonable access to jobs and services that our residents need.
The RTA strategic transit plan – slated to be completed by the end of the year – SHOULD provide the instruction manual to fix that. But there’s no guarantee we’ll get the detailed and effective plan we need without community pressure and involvement in the coming months. And the primary opportunities to leverage that community pressure and involvement to ensure a good outcome will be coming over the next few months.
Here’s where we’re at right now:
- In May or early June, the RTA will release a draft set of goals and strategies for implementing the goals, and benchmarks, for public comment and review. The draft is supposed to be reflective of the initial round of public outreach for this process that took place in January.
- When these goals – intended to prioritize our investments over the next 20 years – are finalized, they will be the driving themes for the rest of the planning process.
- Toward the end of the summer, the RTA will release a more detailed package of strategies, nominally based on earlier public comment, and we’ll have an additional chance for public comment and review.
The next few months are thus a very important moment for us to ensure that community priorities lead to tangible transit improvements in the strategic transit plan. We’re about to see whether we are on track for the transformative plan that we need or just business-as-usual that won’t help riders in any significant way.
If we are not on the right track, the next few months will also be one of the few parts of the planning process where the community can change that. There will be two other rounds of public input later in the year, but this will be a very important opportunity.
To best address community needs we want to be very deliberate and specific about what must be accomplished in this plan. We believe the RTA needs to ask and answer the following six key questions in the planning process:
- What are our capital improvement priorities?
- How do we achieve better regional connectivity effectively (and quickly)?
- Is our transit network up to the job?
- What equity metrics will guide and evaluate progress?
- Where are the key corridors for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and transit investment?
- What mode (bus, streetcar, etc.) makes sense where?
For more details you can see our memo on these questions on our website.
We need your continued community support and feedback especially in the coming months. There are several opportunities for you to participate and take action:
- We are asking the RTA to hold several focus groups with key community members and organizations like yourself. Let us know if you would be interested.
- Attend an upcoming Ride Coalition for Quality meeting (third Saturday of each month) or other event.
- Directly invite the RTA to present to your organization’s membership. We can give you more details on what this entails if you’re curious.
- Relay your priorities to us and we will present them to the RTA on your behalf.
- Be prepared to speak at a future RTA Board meeting to ask that these key questions be answered and are part of this process.
Ride New Orleans will continue to keep you updated in this process. We are happy to answer any additional questions on how you can get more involved in the strategic transit plan. Thanks again for supporting the path toward quality transit in New Orleans and the region.
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Aetna would love to invite y’all to the following event! Please feel to extend the invitation to NFP/PAT Home Visitors. We have 10 spots available.
On Friday, June 2nd from 8:30 – 11:30 at the Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, 2200 Lafitte Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, we will be hosting a Poverty Simulation Experience. Please note a light snack will be served at 8:30 and the simulation will start promptly at 9:00am.
The event provides a simulation for attendees to assume the identity of a family member living in poverty. The “family members” navigate four 15-minute “weeks” and journey through a month of circumstances that the family might encounter.
The Poverty Simulation Event helps participants think about the unique challenges that many of our Medicaid members must face each day as a result of living with low income constraints. Most importantly, the event can help our team members to serve our members better as we identify areas of change that can positively impact the effects of poverty on individuals, families and communities. This will be a valuable learning opportunity for you individually and can be a wonderful team building opportunity as well!
Look forward to your participation!
Arianna and Carla
Arianna C. Baseman, MPH
Heath Care Equity Director
2400 Veterans Blvd
Kenner, LA 70062
Dear Friends of Literature:
The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society is planning a grand redux of Juleps in June for 2017. In addition to being
a simply wonderful way to start the summer, it is Juleps in June is a celebration of both good literature and
the cause increasing literacy in our community. Please join us! And do forward to your friends, too.
We look forward to lifting a mint julep made to Mr. Faulkner’s recipe with you on June 4th.
Details are below and attached.
Rosemary James, Co-Founder, Faulkner Society
Anne Simms Pincus, Chairman Executive Board, Faulkner Society
Thank you again for your organization’s support of better and more equitable transit and the Ride New Orleans Coalition for Quality Transit.
This is a brief update on current opportunities for involvement in the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority’s (RTA) long-term strategic planning process. We are about to enter an important four-month period where the goals, benchmarks, and specific strategies for the plan will be settled.
There are four ways that you and your organization can be take part in this important process in the next month:
1. Send a representative to an upcoming open house or public meeting. The next official public meetings will be June 6
in New Orleans and June 7
in Kenner. The public meetings will be a chance for residents and advocates to weigh in on the initial draft of goals and objectives for the system released on May 16. You can sign up here on the Ride New Orleans website to attend.
2. Bring an RTA representative to one of your standing meetings. Do you have scheduled community meetings for members or clients – especially transit riding members or clients – this summer? The RTA can send a member of their planning team to discuss the plan and gather reaction to the draft and feedback on priorities to pursue. This is a great way to ensure a diversity of input into the planning process and will help Ride New Orleans staff better understand the most important issues to focus on in our advocacy.
If you are interested in this, please let us know what dates and times would be best for your organization and we will forward that information along. We’ll keep you posted on the possibilities.
3. Join the strategic mobility plan mailing list. Let us know and we will add your name to the RTA’s outreach list so you can hear directly from their planning team. We can also get you in contact with the planning team if you have specific input you’d like to add, but can’t make any public meetings.
4. Send a representative to our community workshop on transit issues and advocacy on Saturday, June 17
, produced in partnership with the Neighborhoods Partnership Network and hosted by the Central City Renaissance Alliance. This four hour session will help to arm advocates with all the information they need to engage effectively in this important process.
Friday, June 9, 2017, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
ByWater Institute at Tulane University, 1370 Port of New Orleans Place
This appreciation event provides an opportunity for networking among some of
CPS’ 600+ community partners, engaged faculty, staff, and student leaders from various units at Tulane University.
Enjoy entertainment by local musicians and culture bearers, as well as food and refreshments from local vendors.
Guests are welcome to come and go as their schedules allow.
Attire is business casual. Free parking on premises.
RSVP here by May 31st
Tulane’s Center for Public Service is hiring a Service Learning Coordinator! We are looking for someone who is passionate about civic engagement and social justice, can balance a high volume of projects in a fast-paced environment, can work with many diverse constituents, and who will bring a commitment to reciprocal community partnerships. Applications are due May 28th. Apply at Tulane Jobs site and search for “IRC11602” or follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/ld53e43
Assistant Director, Academic Community Engagement
Tulane University’ s Center for Public Service
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6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118-5665
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