transportation

More than 400 school buses that operate in New Orleans haven't been inspected yet by the city.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

After a city investigation revealed serious safety concerns about school buses last year, the New Orleans City Council decided to start inspecting them. But more than a month into the school year, more than 80 percent of the city’s school buses have yet to pass inspection.

Facing a steep drop in state revenue last year, the Louisiana Legislature agreed to partially extend the state sales tax by .45% until 2025. But as the state’s finances have moved from deficit to surplus, some Republican lawmakers are reconsidering the temporary tax. 

OPSB has begun the process of revoking Einstein Charter Schools' right to run two elementary schools.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

Two New Orleans charter schools may lose their charters. The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) says Einstein Charter Schools at Village De L’Est and Sherwood Forest must comply with its demands and start busing students or face management changes.

Did you know that 86 percent of students in New Orleans don't attend the school closest to their home? Or that the cost for student transportation rose from $18 to $30 million dollars in the course of 10 years?

Out to Lunch, with Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / WWNO

There are places in the world nobody wants to be. Jail. Hospital. And stuck in an airport, which can feel like a combination of the previous two.

New Orleans entrepreneurs Josh Reyher from Mobile Qubes and Trey Fayard from GLO Airlines join host Peter Ricchiuti on this edition of Out to Lunch.

Bright red streetcars will start running Sunday on the new route on North Rampart Street. The $40 million project took almost two years to complete. Advocates for transit riders see it as an improvement to a system that still needs work.

The Historic New Orleans Collection, Gift of Mr. David D. Plater [2003.0083.2.1]

TriPod: New Orleans at 300 returns with a two-part series on highways. The first looks at a controversy so intense, it’s called the ‘Second Battle of New Orleans.’

Cityscapes: New Orleans Almost Had A Monorail

Feb 4, 2016
Tulane Special Collections

New Orleans has various ways of transportation to get around the city including ferries, streetcars and buses.  However, in 1958 New Orleans planned to create a new form of getting around: a monorail. The idea of creating the monorail came from the city's urge to remain modern and keep up with Houston, which had recently passed New Orleans as the largest city in the region. 

Trey Fayard.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

There are places in the world nobody wants to be. Jail. Hospital. And stuck in an airport, which can feel like a combination of the previous two.

A Canal Street streetcar.
Nina Feldman / WWNO

Streetcars are an iconic part of New Orleans’ history, but they’re also a very real part of the transportation system. The city is investing more in the system, with a new Rampart Street line under construction.

The Regional Transit Authority says the new line will spur business and job growth, but local riders wonder if a streetcar is really the best way to get them to and from work – or if it’s more for tourists.

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