New Orleans RTA launches BRT study survey

April 25, 2022
The study will determine route options connecting New Orleans East and Westbank communities to jobs and services.

An online survey was launched by the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) for its Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Feasibility Study.

The survey will allow the public to provide feedback on route options for the region's first BRT system connecting New Orleans East and Westbank residents to downtown. The survey is a critical step in the decision-making process, advancing the design and additional federal funding for the BRT project.

BRT is a fast and frequent service that creates a distinct mobility solution with many of the same benefits as light-rail service, but at less cost and a faster build time. It will provide access for the 30,000 to 35,000 people who live within a half-mile of the 15 to 20 BRT stations connecting them to more than 45,000 jobs. 

BRT vehicles will operate at least every 15 minutes during the day seven days a week and connect between 25 percent to 38 percent of households without a vehicle along the BRT route to jobs, healthcare, schools and other essential services. Once the route is selected and the study is complete, the RTA will be eligible to apply for federal funding to build the BRT project.

The BRT study survey can be found on the agency's website and social media platforms. The survey will be available online through May 6.

RTA is inviting the public to learn more about Bus Rapid Transit during its open house public meeting on April 28. The open house will allow attendees to obtain updated information on the BRT project, give feedback and take the survey.