New Links

Summary

This fall, we’re delivering something RTA riders have asked about for years shorter wait times at stops. On September 25th, we’re unveiling New Links, a top-to-bottom redesign of our entire bus network, that will shorten the time between buses arriving at stops on nearly all of RTA’s bus routes. Buses will arrive more frequently and more reliably on-time to stops, reducing overall travel times for RTA riders every day of the week.  

Nearly every RTA bus line will experience change to its schedule and route.

Most lines will end up with fewer stops in order to shorten your travel time. A few will be rerouted or combined with other lines to form a new route. RTA riders across the new network will have shorter waits, on quicker trips, to the region’s most popular destinations. This will be especially true for riders crossing the river and traveling to and from MSY airport. 

New and updated routes and schedules will be released this June/July.


Making major changes to our entire bus network is a big challenge – for RTA staff, particularly our planners and bus operators, but especially for you, RTA riders, who depend on us every single day. We’re taking the challenge head on, so we can deliver the first-rate, on-time service you deserve – with more high-frequency service, reduced travel times, and on-time arrivals running day and night (including increased late-night service)! 


What you can expect

  • Changes to every RTA bus route (New routes and schedules coming soon!) 
  • Shorter waits at stops between buses 
  • Fewer stops on most routes 
  • Shorter overall travel time to your destination 


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More Info

Coming soon!

New Links began as a year-long Comprehensive Operations Analysis (COA) in 2019 led by the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission (RPC) to study transit operations in Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Bernard Parishes and to develop recommendations for a redesigned bus and streetcar network that better connects residents to jobs, education and other services within existing budgets. The project is a collaboration between the Regional Transit Authority (RTA), Jefferson Parish Transit and St. Bernard Urban Rapid Transit (SBURT).   

Following a year of study, community meetings, online and offline surveys, input from impacted stakeholders and analysis the RPC released recommendations to improve access and travel times with reorganized bus routes and frequencies with a priority on access for populations in greatest need. 
 

  • 2017-2018 – RTA and Jefferson Parish Transit released strategic plans which both spoke to the need to deliver more value to riders 

  • 2019-2020 – RPC led planning, analysis, and community engagement process to inform riders about trade-offs involved in improving transit networks  

  • 2021 – RPC released its final report of recommendations for a redesigned transit network focused on delivering widespread & far-reaching  high-frequency bus routes delivering travel times of 30 minutes or less to the region’s ridership, particularly low-income residents 

  • 2021 – RTA, Jefferson Parish Transit, & St. Bernard Urban Rapid Transit formally adopted the RPC’s recommendations 

  • 2022 – New Links to be implemented across the New Orleans region 

Implementation scheduled for September 25th, 2022.

For More Info

Email your questions to newlinks@rtaforward.org