Transportation

Building and maintaining a quality roadway network is critical to the movement of people, goods and services, and unfortunately, Louisiana highways are in poor shape overall. Louisianans can all agree that the state needs to improve roadway quality and safety while decreasing congestion. To do this, we must modernize and take a more free-market approach to funding and financing Louisiana’s roadways.

Task Force Seeks Louisiana’s Restoration as International Hub for Trade

Task Force Seeks Louisiana’s Restoration as International Hub for Trade

New Orleans was “Gateway to the Americas” before being surpassed by other Sun Belt cities NEW ORLEANS – On Wednesday, Louisiana’s Senate trade task force hosted two Louisiana State University economists for their second public meeting and debated how to promote international trade from the state level. With only four monthly meetings left before dissolution...

By Fergus Hodgson

Honduras “Open for Business”

Honduras “Open for Business”

Trade Summit signals Louisiana-Honduras relationship set to bloom NEW ORLEANS—Nine days after President Lobo Sosa’s September 7th visit, Louisiana’s Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosted an Honduran delegation to promote an array of trade opportunities between the two regions. Mayra Pineda, president of the Chamber and sister of the Honduran president, introduced approximately 50 guests to...

By Fergus Hodgson

Louisiana Congressmen Join Chinese Officials to Promote Free Trade

Louisiana Congressmen Join Chinese Officials to Promote Free Trade

Boustany and Cao highlight opportunities for state and call for aggressive action to resolve trade agreements NEW ORLEANS – On Wednesday representatives Charles Boustany (R – La.) and Joseph Cao (R – La.) met with members of the Chinese embassy to promote what they believe to be the mutually beneficial opportunities of open trade. Approximately...

By Fergus Hodgson

Commentary: Governor Jindal and Mayor Landrieu Eliminate Government Vehicles, Save Taxpayers Money

Commentary: Governor Jindal and Mayor Landrieu Eliminate Government Vehicles, Save Taxpayers Money

The past week has brought good news from both Governor Jindal and Mayor Landrieu regarding cutbacks in the number of employee take-home cars. As noted in a Times-Picayune editorial, when Governor Jindal took office, Louisiana’s fleet of employee cars was 10th largest in the nation. This is ludicrous, particularly when one considers the relative size...

By Jamison Beuerman

Commentary: Place Bridge Under State Police to Streamline Bureaucracy and Increase Transparency

Commentary: Place Bridge Under State Police to Streamline Bureaucracy and Increase Transparency

As the legislative session comes to a close, the state may pass up an opportunity to streamline government and reduce superfluous costs at virtually no expense. Rep. Patrick Connick’s HB493 would have removed given the Louisiana State Police oversight of the Crescent City Connection police, which supervise 20 miles of bridge, ramps and roadways. The...

By Jamison Beuerman

Commentary: Finding a Middle Ground on Traffic Cameras

Commentary: Finding a Middle Ground on Traffic Cameras

The State Legislature has essentially killed a bill that would have done away with the much-maligned red light/traffic cameras. House Bill 160 byRep. Jeff Arnold (D-Algiers) was the first of five which sought to either eliminate or place restrictions on the implementation of these cameras. While proponents of the cameras have repeated the chorus that...

By Jamison Beuerman

TSA’s Conflict Of Interest

TSA’s Conflict Of Interest

Reason Foundation’s director of transportation policy Robert Poole offers a compelling argument for reforming airline security. His argument focuses on the conflicts of interest faced by the Transportation Security Administration. Established after 9/11, the TSA is a federal agency having both the job of screening passengers and baggage at airports and the job of regulating...

By Jennifer Moreale

Another Victory Over Red-Light Cameras

Another Victory Over Red-Light Cameras

Due process won a victory in New Orleans last week. A civil court appeals judge threw out a traffic ticket (for a right turn on red) because there was no human witness to the infraction. The ruling comes a few months after Jefferson Parish temporarily suspended the program amid questions about the propriety of a...

By James Plummer

Proposed High-Speed Rail No Bargain for Louisiana

Proposed High-Speed Rail No Bargain for Louisiana

A feasibility study by Burk-Kleinpeter Inc. and HDR Engineering emphasizes the economic and social benefits of the proposed high-speed rail linking New Orleans to Baton Rouge. Currently under revision, the final report is due March 16. With an estimated 78% probability of having a positive return on investment, the study claims that the value creation...

By Jennifer Moreale

Commentary: Traffic Cameras Not the Answer for New Orleans

Commentary: Traffic Cameras Not the Answer for New Orleans

NPR reports on a public backlash in Arizona against the state’s use of highway traffic cameras, similar to the controversial cameras in New Orleans. This has resulted in Governor Jan Brewer announcing that she will not renew the state’s contract with Redflex, the Australian “photo enforcement” company hired to install and maintain the cameras. Meanwhile,...

By Jamison Beuerman

Privatized Airline Security?

Privatized Airline Security?

Jim Harper, host of the Cato Daily Podcast, makes a sharp observation on the new security procedures established after the Christmas Day terrorist attempt. Harper explains that a privatized, distributed, and diverse airline security would be more effective than increased standardized security at airports. The increased security of the past few years incentivizes terrorists to...

By Jennifer Moreale

Aggressive Ticketing Does More Harm Than Good

Aggressive Ticketing Does More Harm Than Good

In response to a growing budget deficit, the city of New Orleans has stepped up its parking enforcement efforts. The city recently designated new parking spaces near the Superdome – only to post No Parking signs and ticket offenders. Mayor Ray Nagin has proposed installing more meters around the city and expanding the hours and...

By Kevin Kane

NOLA Crime Cameras Finally Get a Conviction

NOLA Crime Cameras Finally Get a Conviction

More than five years and six million dollars later, the “crime cameras” planted around New Orleans have finally yielded their first conviction. No, the cameras didn’t catch a violent crime where someone’s life or property was in immediate danger. It was just a run-of-the-mill drug dealer peddling ecstasy pills on a street corner. Meanwhile, a...

By James Plummer