Local Connections

Your Monthly Bulletin 
from Louisiana LTAP

August 21, 2018 // Volume 1, Issue 1

A compilation of e-news, resources, tools and opportunities that help local public agencies enhance transportation innovation, mobility and safety efforts across Louisiana communities.

LTAP Lagniappe in the Big Easy

NLTAPA 2018 in the Big Easy

 Louisiana LTAP Director Marie Walsh (right) joins Connecticut LTAP Director Donna Shea (left) and FHWA Transportation Specialist Rosemarie Anderson (center) at the Welcome Reception Night. 
NLTAPA Highlight
Lagniappe of Learning Plus Fun in the Big Easy

It's hot and humid in Louisiana in the summertime, but that didn't stop 160 transportation professionals from convening at the annual  National Local Technical Assistance Program Association (NLTAPA) Conference last July 23-26, 2018 at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. 

With this year's theme, "LTAP Lagniappe - A Little Something Extra", the four-day NLTAPA Conference piloted the "Partnership Carousel" and a scavenger hunt using GooseChase mobile app which added to the element of fun throughout the learning experience. 

Louisiana LTAP
Training & Events
From August 21 to September 20, Louisiana LTAP team will be conducting a series of one-day classes on the basics of intersection safety, operations and accessibility 
that will help local agency personnel manage their intersections 
using best practice resources from FHWA, ITE, and other authorities. 

Louisiana LTAP Center partners with FHWA, GOHSEP, DOTD, LMA and FEMA 
to conduct this training that aims to provide local agencies with tools and resources 
on how to conduct damage assessment and apply for emergency disaster funding 
through FEMA or FHWA. Register here.

The Louisiana Parish Engineers and Supervisors Association (LPESA) will hold their annual conference at the Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City. Registration fees are $50 for LPESA members, $75 for associate members, and $75 for non-members. 
Email Courtney Dupre for more info.  Register here.

Governor John Bel Edwards (seated) signs a letter supporting Louisiana's statewide Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) along with (from left): Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Shawn Wilson, Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC) Executive Director Lisa Freeman and Louisiana State Police (LSP) Colonel Kevin Reeves.
Safety Leadership
Governor Edwards pledges support for Louisiana's traffic safety vision of zero deaths

This summer, Governor John Bel Edwards joined Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Shawn Wilson, Louisiana State Police (LSP) Colonel Kevin Reeves and Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC) Executive Director Lisa Freeman in signing a letter supporting the statewide Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) designed to help reduce traffic deaths and injuries. Read more.
LTAP staff Leo Marretta, Courtney Dupre and Steve Strength at the LTAP Booth in LMA Convention 2018
Stakeholder Partnering 
LA LTAP Center exhibits at LMA Convention

Louisiana LTAP Center's staff members hit the Southwest part of the state to exhibit at the annual Louisiana Municipal Association (LMA) Convention in Lake Charles Civic Center on July 31 to August 2. LTAP partners with the municipal officials and administrators to promote local road safety, provide training, and encourage project delivery innovations.  Read more about the event
On Ramp to Innovation
Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian

This month, Louisiana LTAP highlights the Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP), one of the 10 innovations under Round 5 of  the  "Every Day Counts "  initiative, known as EDC-5. 
Local Road Safety Plan

Road Safety
Local Road Safety Plans 

The Louisiana LTAP Center is working with Local Public Agencies (LPAs) in developing Local Road Safety Plans (LRSP) that can be used as a tool for identifying and prioritizing road safety improvements aimed reducing roadway fatalities and injuries.  Read more.

Email LRSP/LPA Manager Leo Marretta to help you map out your plan toward safer roads.
Safety Campaign 
# DriveSober on Labor Day 
August 15-September 3, 2018

As highway safety advocates, your efforts will help reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roads and save lives. Help us increase public awareness during the Labor Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign through paid, earned, and social media, and maximizing your local resources. Download Louisiana's materials here.
Government Social Media 
# Hashtag Tip

Multiple hashtags are great for Instagram posts, but not so much for Facebook. While you can include one event-specific hashtag on Facebook, using any more will actually penalize your post in the algorithm.   Get more social media resources from GovLoop.
Research and Data 
New report tackles the transition to automated vehicles on roads that cars can read

Serious crashes on inter-urban roads may be slashed by a quarter over the next 30-40 years with the introduction of automated vehicles. However, the journey may be far from easy, with a mixed fleet transition and vital need for roads that cars can read, according to a EuroRAP report released today. Read more.
Call To Action 
Law enforcement agencies invited to join "Operation Clear Track" promoting rail safety in September

As part of the upcoming Rail Safety Week observance on Sept. 23-29, 2018, Operation Lifesaver, Inc. and Amtrak, along with other rail safety partners, are inviting all law enforcement agencies to join forces in conducting "Operation Clear Track on September 25.This national law enforcement initiative was started to help reduce grade crossing and trespassing incidents along railroad tracks throughout the country. The goal is to recruit 300 police and/or sheriff's departments. Sign up here.

Webinars, Conferences and Events

Our friends from UMTC Training Institute offers  this 9-hour course that covers all required knowledge content areas of the FAA's Remote Pilot Test, including regulations, weather and flight operations. Read more.
This summit will continue to move the rural conversation forward and will focus more intently on safety solutions and "Bridging the Gap."  Read more
How May LTAP Assist You?

At Louisiana LTAP, we strive to provide local public agencies the necessary technical assistance and training opportunities that will enhance transportation project delivery and improve traffic safety in local communities.  We value your feedback, so tell us what specific training and/or materials you want us to offer in the future.

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