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Reimagining Public Transportation in Louisiana
What if our assessment of public transit centered around those who have the greatest challenge getting around to their families and jobs but then also expanded to an evaluation of how much quality of life is missed out on when the only means of getting around is by car?
What’s The Problem?
Public transportation and vehicles provide a crucial connection between people and their needs, whether that be jobs, food, essential services, or leisure. However, public transportation is currently failing the people who need it most: communities of color, low-income communities, and those in rural areas that rely on public transportation for all kinds of mobility.
How Did We Get Here?
We advocate for investing in public transit infrastructure by electrifying our current systems and expanding access to affordable public transit. Nationally, 45% of the United States population lacks access to a reliable and affordable public transportation system
Affordable, Reliable, Frequent & Electric Full Scale Transportation Systems Statewide
These demands fall under four central themes we have identified after careful consideration and include additional information on how we envision their implementation, as well as provide resources for further study and reading.
Any state & federal funding must prioritize equity FIRST.
Any infrastructure and transportation funding from the INVEST in America Act (surface reauthorization), $3.5 trillion budget bill, and bipartisan infrastructure bill either granted to Louisiana or applied for on behalf of Louisiana must center underserved or environmental justice communities first, must prioritize electrification, and must move the most people and connect them to services and goods.
Assessment of all transit systems in Louisiana and evaluation of met/missed commitment and their alignment with Institute for Transportation and Development Policies Indicators for Sustainable Mobility, with the goal of expanding the current transit network, increasing frequency, and maximizing the implementation of microbility and the funding available for transit.
Auckland, NZ modeled the possibilities through their demonstrated commitment to re-design their transit systems when they no longer worked for their communities. They centralized their transit routes through a “connective network option” and designed the city with future urban planning in mind that would need to consider transit prior to being built. Essentially, Auckland proposed fewer routes with greater frequency for the same cost of running their less effective direct routes system.
Priority must be given to the maintenance of current roads, bridges and highways.
Any expansion projects or megaprojects must have a public study of impact on communities of color and poor communities and must first consider multimodal and electric options that would better serve the public.
Federal officials must work to include Garcia Amendments in the bipartisan framework or reconciliation package per the THRIVE agenda. The Garcia Amendments call for:
- Parity between highway and transit funding by increasing transit funding by 2.5 times without decreasing highway. We must eliminate the 80/20 funding split between highway and public transit projects. Capital outlay funding and operations that require matching funds from the city and state levels must be more attainable in order to incentivize cities and parishes to take on public transit projects.
- Environmental justice labor and equity standards must be clearly outlined within the document, serving as a set of guidelines for Louisiana and other states. The bipartisan framework and budget reconciliation bills should clearly address all pollution — not just carbon emissions.
- Inclusion of a public transit electrification amendment and a commitment to getting all current and future public transit retrofitted and electric by 2030.
Click here for more information on the Garcia Amendments.
100% Clean Electricity Standard
- An electricity grid that is prepared for storms;
- A grid that relies on more clean energy rather than oil and gas built on outdated infrastructure;
- Long-term planning and revitalization of the old energy and electricity systems we currently use.