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Organizations We Love: Ride New Orleans

By Green Coast on 29 Nov 2018

Real estate development can’t just be about buildings. Green Coast takes a big-picture view of development, addressing concerns beyond housing and office space. We renovate historical buildings and in communities needing renewal, but we look past the construction: is it near transportation and can people who live here get to work, and access healthcare, education and other needs?

That’s why we love Ride New Orleans, which is dedicated to helping achieve a world-class and equitable transportation system for the New Orleans region. Green Coast Chief Operating Officer Jacquelyn Dadakis joined the advocacy organization in 2010, serving as board president and in other positions. Dadakis says that the metro area’s transportation system still has a long way to go—the average transit-reliant New Orleanian can only reach 12 percent of the region’s jobs within a 30-minute time period—but there has been progress.

“In the past two years, the RTA [Regional Transit Authority] has committed to a strategic plan that will help guide the next 30 years in terms of capital and operational investments,“Dadakis says. “When you consider that planning previously was done on an ad-hoc basis, this is a sea change and should net positive results. Plus, now most of management services will be under local control.”

Ride New Orleans Executive Director Alex Posorske agrees with Dadakis. He points out that a robust and affordable system could address the problem of inequity when it comes to transportation. According to Posorske, 20 percent of New Orleanians don’t own a car, which on average costs *$8500 annually to operate and maintain, so a large portion of the population faces the challenge of simply getting to work. Additionally, there’s the question of sustainability in a coastal city like New Orleans that is directly affected by climate change.

“Transportation is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases and the resulting global warming crisis, but mass transit is much less damaging,” Posorske says.“A world-class transportation system provides people with options to owning a car, and then you don’t have to sit in traffic and pay $20 to park everyday.”

Ride New Orleans produces an annual “State of Transit Report,” and the critical assessments have helped lead to many of the improvements in the past few years. Dadakis says, however, that the organization refuses to slow down until New Orleans has the transit system it deserves.

“When you look at the most functional and equitable cities in the world, you’ll find the common denominator of great public transportation,” Dadakis says. “Yes, it requires investment, but it’s an investment that has an incredible return in terms of boosting the economy by getting people to work, slowing down global warming, and improving lives.”

To find out more about Ride New Orleans, please join us for the group’s annual holiday party: 6-8 pm Wednesday, December 12 at the Pythian Market.

*According to AAA study

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