CRISIS releases transportation infrastructure “state of the region” Report

CRISIS today released a State of the Region report, an initial briefing book that includes research and other findings related to transportation infrastructure, as a starting point to developing a Capital Region Mobility Strategy. 

Download the full report here.

The Capital Region Mobility Strategy is the latest CRISIS initiative, and serves as a follow up to its Regional Projects Analysis released in February of this year.  The Capital Region Mobility Strategy takes a deliberate look at the region’s transportation system, working in tandem with the Capital Region Planning Commission’s Long Range Transportation Plan Update.  The goal is to align short- and long-term transportation strategies with broader regional goals and initiatives, including mobility, safety, and the region’s economic vitality.  This initial briefing is the first step in the process, which will culminate with a final action plan.

"This report provides additional insight into the challenges and opportunities we face in moving around the Capital Region, said CRISIS Executive Director Scott Kirkpatrick.  As we get smarter about our transportation system, I am excited to see our region coalescing around funding, program and project solutions."

This initiative also comes at an opportune time, in the context of the Governor’s Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure Investment, which recently held a regional hearing in Baton Rouge, as well as the work of the joint House and Senate transportation committees, which recently held a “road show” hearing in Baton Rouge.

The State of the Region report includes research and analysis related to five areas of study:

  • Infrastructure Performance: The condition and effectiveness of existing roads, bridges, and transportation infrastructure
  • Land Use and Urban Form: The organization and distribution of the built environment
  • Resilience and Preparedness: The mitigation of threats to critical infrastructure and emergency response
  • Travel Options: The provision of transit service, regional bicycle infrastructure, and demand-based solutions
  • Regional Competitiveness: The Capital Region’s ability to attract and retain a competitive workforce

The State of the Region report also includes feedback on these study areas and other topics, based on interactive responses gathered from stakeholders during a Strategic Mobility Forum held on October 7.  Approximately 60 people attended the event, representing three groups: elected officials, practitioners, and private industry representatives.

Major points of feedback from the forum included:

·         Infrastructure performance ranked as the highest priority among all groups surveyed

·         92 percent of participants said that increased transportation funding was “absolutely necessary” for the region to be successful

·         A new bridge over the Mississippi River was the most frequent transportation project or initiative requested

·         Increasing transit options was another popular suggestion, as 100 percent of participants rated regional travel options as poor

The Capital Region Mobility Strategy is a project to increase workforce mobility and transportation network resiliency in the Capital Region. The project is headed by Kimley-Horn, one of the nation’s premier planning and design firms, and made possible by funding from the Louisiana Division of Administration, Disaster Recovery Unit, and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Posted on October 19, 2016 .