The New Orleans Regional Planning Commission is pleased to present monthly news, events, and project updates to a region-wide audience. 
In This Edition
  • RPC Launches 2nd Phase of New Links Transit Study
  • Data Layers for Mapping Regional Update
  • With Mardi Gras Approaching Let's Keep in Mind Pedestrian Safety
  • RPC’s Clean Fuel Partnership Assists City and SWBNO with Fleet Electrification and Climate Action Goals!
  • Brownfields Coalition Represents Louisiana
  • Emergency Preparedness Team Hosts National and Homeland Security
RPC Launches 2nd Phase of New Links Transit Study
After a robust Phase 1 outreach initiative the Regional Planning Commission is preparing to present its New Links draft service concepts to the public beginning this week as it kicks off Phase 2 of the project. Draft service concepts were designed using input from a diverse group of stakeholder, public comment, on-board and online surveys collected over the past year.

At these meetings, a visual presentation will be narrated by the project team, followed by questions and answers and interaction with RPC staff and consultants. 
Your opinions are important, and we want to hear your thoughts. Please join us at one of the following meetings to learn about potential service concepts to improve transit, talk with the project team, and to provide your input.
Data Layers for Mapping Regional Update
Data mapping is an important part in planning and development of the the region. RPC is continuing work in producing high quality data in conjunction with local, state, and federal agencies. For an update on most recent data click button below or contact Lynn Dupont .
With Mardi Gras Approaching Let's Keep in Mind Pedestrian Safety
Mardi Gras brings fun, king cake, and a lot of pedestrians. Knowing how to be both a safe pedestrian and motorist ensures everyone is able to have a good time!  
RPC’s Clean Fuel Partnership Assists City and SWBNO with Fleet Electrification and Climate Action Goals!
Working toward fleet electrification and emissions reduction goals of the Climate Mayors Initiative , Steering Committee Member Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) and project partners including New Orleans Regional Planning Commission (RPC), Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership, and XL Fleet, unveiled six plug-in hybrid electric trucks and charging stations at the SWBNO Central Yard on January 28, 2020. 
The project is funded via the RPC’s Clean Fuel Transition Fund for Public Fleets (through FHWA’s CMAQ program) managed by the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership. For more information: Link to Press Release | Link to Fox 8 News Segment
RPC Staff and Brownfields Team Represent The Region at National Brownfield Training Conference 
I n December, thousands of developers, environmental scientists, elected officials, and brownfield program managers descended upon Los Angeles for the EPA's National Brownfield Training Conference.

The event featured three days of engaging seminars, technical training, and deep dives into exciting brownfield projects happening across the country.

Pictured are staff members from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, the Port of New Orleans, and the RPC Brownfield Program.
Emergency Preparedness Team Hosts National and Homeland Security
Peter Pry, Executive Director, Task Force on National & Homeland Security , was the guest presenter (via conference call) at the January 17 th Emergency Preparedness Partnership meeting . Dr. Pry addressed the Presidential Executive Order on EMP Preparedness, which calls for a “whole” government solution in addressing an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attack on the nation. It has taken 20 years to get this existential threat elevated to this existing policy (high priority), however, true implementation is essential. Congress seconded the President’s action by including its priority in the National Defense Authorization Bill (with bipartisan support), making it law. It should be noted that Russia and China have already hardened their Electric Grids, in protecting their people from an EMP attack.

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