John Renne, the director of the Merritt C. Becker Jr. University of New Orleans Transportation Institute, will deliver the June 2015 U.S. Department of Transportation's Transportation Innovation Series lecture. The lecture, which will take place on Wednesday, June 17 in Washington D.C., can be live streamed via YouTube from noon-1 p.m. Central Standard Time.
Renne, an associate professor of planning and urban studies, will give a talk entitled "A Decade of Lessons Since Hurricane Katrina in Creating a Resilient Transportation System: A Basis for a New National Framework in Transportation Policy."
In the past decade, since Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent levee failures devastated New Orleans, the concept of resilience has emerged as a new way of thinking about cities, economies and transportation systems. In the immediate aftermath of Katrina, many questioned the future viability of New Orleans whereas in 2014 Forbes rated New Orleans as the "No. 1 Brain Magnet city in America."
The creation of a resilient transportation system in New Orleans, including significant pedestrian improvements, over 100 miles of bicycle facilities, streetcar expansion, new buses, the growth of the port and the establishment of a unique city-assisted evacuation plan, in partnership with the nonprofit Evacuteer.org, have all served as tangible examples of creating a resilient transportation system. This lecture will discuss a decade of lessons since Hurricane Katrina and present ideas for creating a new national framework in transportation policy.