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Public Transit Redesign Meetings Begin Monday

Dion Hinchcliffe
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A streetcar travels down Canal Street in New Orleans.

Public meetings to redesign the public transportation network across Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Bernard Parishes kick off Monday evening in New Orleans.

Where people live and work in the New Orleans area changes over time, so the public transit authorities need to periodically update their transit systems in order to efficiently move people around the region.

Under a yearlong program called New Links, transportation planners are studying existing transit lines and holding public meetings to get input from riders. Information gleaned from that process will be used to propose an entirely redesigned transportation network for Jefferson, Orleans, and St. Bernard Parishes, according to information on the New Links website.

That report will be released sometime this winter.

The first meeting will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at St. Mary's Dominican High School. A full list of public meetings can be found here.

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