Next Week Transit Week 2012

Posted by Marin Tockman on November 7, 2012 in Events

All next week is Transit Week - November 11th through 17th

Employer Transit Challenge

Ride New Orleans issued a challenge to New Orleans business leaders – encourage your employees to leave their cars at home to TRY TRANSIT for the work commute at least once during the week. The city’s largest employer – Tulane University – has signed up to take the challenge and our partners at the Downtown Development District, LifeCity, and Louisiana Public Health Institute, and us at Bike Easy are all promoting the challenge.

Transit Week is a time to celebrate transit and bring attention to critical issues confronting transit riders. This year, Ride New Orleans will engage transit riders, encourage area businesses to try transit, and host a series of events around town. Here’s an action-packed agenda of activities and events to participate in.

Are you an employer who wants to participate? Do you want to challenge your colleagues to take the challenge? Visit Ride New Orleans online to learn more!

Transit Trivia – November 10th – 15th

What city was the first to build a subway? Name 10 cities that have monorails. What bus line would you ride to pick up a famed buttermilk drop? We’re partnering with several local watering holes to feature a transit themed trivia night. Currently confirmed bars include:

Pal’s Lounge – 949 N. Rendon St., 504.488.7257
Thursday November 15, 8:30-10 p.m.

Stay tuned to our website for announcements on more participating bars!

Transfer Station Conversation

Did you know that more than 7,000 riders pass through the CBD transfer station daily? The bus and streetcar system is designed so that the majority of routes do not cross Canal Street making transfers between uptown and downtown routes a necessity for most riders. The RTA is considering big decisions about the location and design of this transfer point and we want to be sure riders voices are heard.

We are looking for volunteers to talk to riders in the CBD Mon, Weds, Friday and Tues and Thurs in Lakeview. See shift times and locations below. If you’re interested in helping out with rider outreach during Transit Week – shoot us an email at transitweek@rideneworleans.org.

Monday November 12th, Wednesday November 14th and Friday November 16th at Canal Street and Marais Street in the CBD.
Shift times:
7-10am
4-7pm

Tuesday November 13th and Thursday November 15h at Canal Blvd and City Park Ave in Lakeview.
Shift times:
7-10am
4-7pm

The 11th (Mobile Happy) Hour – Friday, November 16th

All aboard! We’re taking a ride on the #11 Magazine Street bus – hopping on and off to make pit stops along the way at transit-oriented bars. Join us for drink specials, transit music jams and more as we make our way from Uptown to the French Quarter on Friday, November 16th. See the schedule and flier here!

Real-time Transit Data Hackathon – Saturday, November 17th

Over the past year, Ride New Orleans engaged the Regional Transit Authority in a supportive advocacy campaign that resulted in the agency opening their transit data. No independent software developers can create tools – like apps, mobile websites and SMS texting services – for transit riders. In partnership with Apptitude NOLA, we’re hosting a hackathon to bring together New Orleans tech all-stars with transit enthusiasts to put the RTA’s data to work. Interested in participating? Let us know at transitweek@rideneworleans.org.

More About Ride New Orleans:

Ride New Orleans speaks to the many different areas in which we work. Ride is a call to action to unite and speak out for better transit policies and investment. Ride is also a call to embrace alternative transportation for the value it adds to our city and region.

As Ride New Orleans, we will continue to offer objective policy analysis, work to advance a progressive transit vision, issue calls to action, and host events to promote the signficant role that public transit, biking and walking plays to an economically vital, healthy and sustainable New Orleans.

We look forward to growing into our new name and continuing to serve the New Orleans region on alternative transportation issues. Stay tuned for our new website – www.rideneworleans.org – coming soon!

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