Louisiana Recreational Trails Program Plan
In partnership with the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, UNOTI led the development of Louisiana’s first statewide plan for future LRTP implementation and funding prioritization, including execution of two statewide surveys, development of initial spatial database of LRTP projects, and equity analysis of trails investments. This plan includes goals, measurable objectives, and implementable strategies and actions recommended to guide Louisiana’s RTP into the next decade. These actions are intended to better understand and balance local, regional, and statewide needs and support improved accessibility and connectivity of communities, maximize active transportation and public health impacts, harness economic and environmental benefits, improve data quality and availability, and expand public engagement with and use of Louisiana trails, ensuring continued, equitable expansion of access to high-quality recreational and transportation opportunities for trail users of all types, and of all ages and abilities, across the state.
Bike and Pedestrian
Pedestrian Bicycle Resource Initiative
PBRI is a joint project of the University of New Orleans Transportation Institute and the Regional Planning Commission that acts as a statewide bicycle and pedestrian resource for advocates, planners, engineers, and elected officials. PBRI coordinates the annual New Orleans Pedestrian and Bicycle Count Project, collecting volume and user data through the city and region.
Pedestrians and Bicyclists Count: Developing a Statewide Multimodal Count Program
The purpose of this study in partnership with the Louisiana Transportation Research Center is to research best practices and available methods/technologies for measuring active transportation activity in order to provide the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) with needed information in support of the development of an efficient, cost-effective pedestrian and bicycle count program.
International Sustainable Transportation Engagement Program (I-STEP)
UNOTI has partnered with the International Sustainable Transportation Engagement Program (I-STEP), a collaborative program designed to help link local communities with resources to help create more livable, equitable, and vital places through improved transportation planning. The program focuses on connecting participating communities with international specialists in walking, bicycling, and transit to create a platform for improved transportation planning.
Crescent City Crossings Evaluation
UNOTI is supporting the City of New Orleans "Crescent City Crossings" Safe Routes to School program by conducting an evaluation of the program intended to ensure outcome-oriented decision-making throughout the implementation of the Crescent City Crossings program. The evaluation will measure program impacts on student and parent behaviors and perceptions, on improvements to individual school capacity, and on regional coordination processes. The evaluation will assess the efficacy of individual program elements and overall design and implementation, and will synthesize and report outcome-oriented evidence to support current and future efforts to encourage and facilitate safe walking and bicycling for New Orleans area school children.
Maritime and Port Planning
The US Gulf in a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) World
The continued growth of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production and long-distance trade has traditionally been taken as a given by global energy analysts, who have premised their positive estimates on gas being both relatively scarce and the demand for it virtually unquenchable. Unfortunately, current conditions in the global energy market suggest that what many have predicted as a near perpetual increase in the volume of traded LNG is in fact a bubble that is now in the process of bursting. This project examines both the short and long-term factors behind this new thinking about LNG, and explores that it implies for the several multi-billion dollar export projects now being built. The results of this project suggest that development policy aimed at assisting LNG export projects are likely misplaced, and that a primary focus on value-added petrochemical manufacturing, with a secondary value as potential for marine fuel, is a more robust path for the region's policymakers to take.
E-Nav: Promise or Peril?
The objective of this research is to determine an implementation strategy for more effectively moving E-Navigation (E-Nav) technology platforms forward. We recount the history of the development of the E-Nav concept, including attempts to implement these strategies globally and the various roadblocks they have encountered. Then we address the maritime community's main conceptual barriers to the fullest implementation of this technology as it relates to safety, security, and environmental concerns. A content analysis of survey responses was conducted to uncover the dominant themes. Our findings indicate that the primary concerns are: the technology may be oversold to a younger generation of mariners, leading to the unintended consequence of an increase in maritime accidents related to the mariners' failure to sufficiently blend the technology with traditional seafaring and that E-Nav technologies are being cultivated with the purpose of implementing drone or pilotless shipping, which mariners are resistant to because of safety and labor concerns. We concluded this project with an implementation strategy and a general outlook for E-Navigation in the short and long term.
Maritime and Technology (MarTrec), Port Cities and Intermodal Liquefied Natural Gas Development.
UNOTI has been working with the Port of New Orleans and Port of Baton Rouge staff to investigate the best practices of LNG bunkering including: legal and regulatory issues, security issues, safety issues, cost/benefits analysis examples, facility location and construction, investment options, and carbon footprint calculations.
Port of New Orleans, Port of New Orleans Partnership Project.
UNOTI in conjunction with the PORT of New Orleans is conducting research on e-Navigation and LNG development as well as coordinating workforce and educational outreach programs.
Assessing the Potential for Gulf Coast NAFTA Maritime Trade Corridors.
This study assesses the potential for Gulf Coast NAFTA maritime shipping corridors. The research plan will document current trade patterns and infrastructure, analyze potential opportunities for trade expansion and analyze the policy barriers that need to be addressed to strengthen these trade corridors. The study will produce findings and recommendations applicable to state, national, and international policy makers.
Incorporating Freight and Trade in the Comprehensive Plan: A Megaregion Case Study.
As a unit of analysis for freight transportation and global trade, the megaregion has eclipsed the nation state. In the context of the United States, the trade and transportation barriers traditionally used as components of the boundaries of the 50 states impede our nation's economic progress. The result of these barriers is the blunting of our effectiveness in the global economy. The understanding of the Gulf Coast of the United States as an example of a megaregion is gaining acceptance among people involved in freight transportation studies. As a preliminary investigation of the Gulf Coast megaregion, we performed a one-way independent sample ANOVA investigation of the relationship between the metropolitan planning elements of land-use, transportation, economic development, and quality of life and the geographic locations of eleven parishes in southeastern Louisiana. We applied this analysis to summaries prepared by professional planners of these regions' metropolitan plans. The intent of this study was to discover the potential for our target parishes to effectively integrate their freight-related planning elements into the megaregion.
The Gulf Coast Megaregion: in Search of a New Scale to Understand Freight Transportation and Economic Development
Increased global connectivity and expanding domestic markets around major city hubs have led to a spatial reorganization of regional economies towards a higher level of scale referred to as a megaregion. These trade networks rely on a complex mix of freight and telecommunication infrastructure, low trade barriers, as well as international business and social networks. Policymakers have a responsibility to recognize the vital relationship between economies and freight, and it is imperative that national policies reflect the domestic and global environments in which megaregions must now compete. The United States lacks a national freight strategy and most metropolitan areas fail to implement comprehensive trade strategies, indicating disconnect between policy and practice. Our project seeks to determine the status of freight planning strategies at the megaregion scale of an economically integrated section of the US Gulf Coast. How can improvements to freight transportation planning improve sustainability and raise the standard of living within a megaregion in addition to increasing economic growth.
Transit and Streetcars
Achieving Regional Fare Integration in New Orleans: Innovative Cost Sharing Arrangements and Technologies
May regions across the country have more than one transit agency providing vital public transportation services. While a transit agency may see their role limited by a jurisdictional boundary, transit riders' commutes know no such political boundaries. For those riders whose commutes are reliance on one or more transit agencies, a fractured fare system among the various transit agencies they ride means higher user costs. This study examines the history of regional fare integration in the New Orleans metropolitan region, and the challenges and successes of varying approaches taken by transit agencies in various metropolitan regions, to reveal options for achieving regional fare integration in New Orleans today.
Transportation and Land Use
Smart Growth IV-Education and Outreach: Building Capacity for Transportation and Land Use Planning
This project was a partnership between the Regional Planning Commission (RPC) and the University of New Orleans Transportation Institute (UNOTI). The goal was to seek to build local and regional capacity for transportation and land use planning through developing alternative future smart growth scenarios for the New Orleans metropolitan region.
This study built on previous federal investments within the New Orleans metropolitan region in land use and transportation planning related to smart growth. Another goal was to educate local planning staff about the value of regional planning for smart growth and to empower local and regional planners with the necessary tools to better understand how on-going development proposals and transportation investments impact long-range outcomes.
Development of Minimum State Requirements for Local Growth Management Policies
This research entailed the development of minimum requirements for local growth management policies for use in Louisiana. The purpose of developing minimum statewide standards was to try to alleviate some of the stress placed on state and local governments by uncontrolled development, while improving state and local governments' ability to meet current and future demand for transportation infrastructure and effectively implement existing state transportation policies and programs.
The result of this research was the development of a series of potential Growth Management Guidelines that local jurisdictions, regional agencies, and the State of Louisiana may use to better align transportation and land use planning and facilitate the growth of more livable communities across the state. It included a set of key guidelines that constituted a "blueprint" for Louisiana Growth management policy.
The Tensions and Opportunities of Historic Preservation and Transit Oriented Development: Developing a Policy and Tools for Preservation in TODs
In recent years, there has been much research on Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in the United States and abroad. There has been decades of study of historic preservation, both in the United and internationally. Yet the intersection of TOD and historic preservation has received scant attention. This project cross-referenced data on TOD and historic preservation, examined case studies of where TOD and historic preservation intersected and recommended policy and tools for preservation in TODs.