SUPER REGION PASSENGER RAIL CAN:
Provide major employers such as Capital One, LSU Health Sciences Center, Tulane and Harrah’s Casino & Hotel access to a labor pool of more than 758,000 workers living in the rail corridor parishes.
Expand access to educational and medical institutions such as UNO, Tulane, Loyola, Xavier, Southern, Dillard, Delgado, Ochsner, Tulane Medical Center, Children’s Hospital and the VA Hospital.
Make transit travel more convenient by connecting passenger rail to the city’s bus, streetcar, ferry and bicycle networks.
Increase patronage of cultural assets such as Mardi Gras, the ESSENCE Festival, the Jazz and Heritage Festival, Audubon Zoo and Audubon Aquarium, WWII Museum, the French Quarter and countless others.
Provide a safe, fun transportation alternative for popular sporting events such as New Orleans Saints games, College Football Bowl Games, the PGA Tour and the Bayou Classic.
Attract new residents and support more active living choices for the more than 215,000 millennials and baby boomers living in Orleans Parish (63% of the parish population) – groups with a demonstrated preference for access to transit and walkable mixed-use neighborhoods.
Expand evacuation capacity of the region, especially for those without access to vehicles.
Increase municipal revenues and reduce expenses by:
- Attracting commercial and residential development surrounding the UPT rail station
- Increasing local sales tax revenue
- Increasing property values
- Increasing visitor sales tax revenue
- Creating value capture opportunities in the station area