Rider's Digest - June 2024


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Rider's Digest, a monthly newsletter from the Regional Transit Authority

June 2024


Algiers Ferry Terminal Renovation Project updates 

Algiers Ferry Terminal Renovation Project Meeting

We completed the second round of community engagement for the RTA’s $9.6 million Algiers Ferry Terminal Renovation Project with one in-person meeting and two virtual meetings. In these meetings, we presented the schematic design for the terminal renovation, which reflects feedback gathered from the listening sessions held in March 2024. Materials displayed at the meetings and a short survey are available on our project page.

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Outreach continues for hurricane season preparedness

Samantha perusing ‘24 Hurricane Guide

While hurricane season started on June 1, the RTA began outreach in May. This included our 16th Annual Hurricane Preparedness Meeting for Seniors and People with Disabilities as well as presenting at the Mayor’s press conference later in May. Our outreach continues with regular appearances at a range of community events, including neighborhood association meetings, senior centers, and festivals such as last month’s Senior Fest. You can find our 2024 Hurricane Preparedness Guide in print or online.

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First of 21 new RTA buses arrive for preparation

New RTA buses in our facility

7 of the 21 buses on order are arriving at RTA’s A. Philip Randolph Operations Building so that our maintenance and operations team can begin preparing them for service. Buses are being tested, inspected, and RTA technology programming, including our messaging system for riders, is being implemented. Operators will also be trained accordingly. The buses, a mix of diesel and hybrid, are expected to be in operation by late September. 8 more buses are expected to arrive by the end of 2024 and be in service by the first quarter of 2025, with 29 new buses total for service.


Official collaboration with RTA and Bonfolk Socks

Bonfolk socks on streetcar rider

RTA is excited to announce the official collaboration between Bonfolk and RTA, celebrating our iconic streetcar. The St. Charles line, opened in 1835, is the world’s oldest continuously operating streetcar line, featuring the century-old Perley A. Thomas streetcar. To honor this historic line, we are introducing two exclusive products: a luxurious oversized beach towel and a stylish pair of socks – available with other merchandise at our Online Store.

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Our June employee honorees

Employee honorees

Congratulations to our June Employees of the Month! Gerald Hawkins, Operations (Streetcar Operator), has been employed with RTA for nine years and has an on-time performance of 87.3% with zero accidents. Donneil Miner, Maintenance (Mechanic), has been employed with the RTA for three years, and his work performance consistently exceeds expectations.


RTA CEO Lona Edwards Hankins interview with TAM America

Re-inventing Transit Promotional Graphic

RTA CEO Lona Edwards Hankins met with TAM America’s transit blog In Focus for an interview where she shared her insights on improving and developing public transit to maximize economic, environmental and social benefits for the community.

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2023-2024 second line season concludes

Brass band on a street

New Orleans’ 2023-2024 season concluded June 23 with the Uptown Swingers Second Line Parade. We want to take this opportunity to thank all our riders for their patience and understanding as we manage our routes around these important cultural events for our residents. We know that riders must deal with delays and detours on or near second line routes, with detours and even scheduled end points often subject to change. See you on the streets next fall!


Upcoming Meetings

July 10: Riders Advisory Committee Meeting

July 11: Operations & Administration Committee Meeting

July 11: Finance Committee Meeting

July 23: Board of Commissioners Meeting