Nov 7, 2023 - News

New Orleans to survey city's nighttime workers

Illustration of a city bus that says "Next Stop."

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

City officials are asking anyone who works at night in New Orleans to take a new survey aimed at informing future public transit policy.

Why it matters: Nearly a third of city revenue is made after 5pm, Office of Nighttime Economy director Howie Kaplan tells Axios New Orleans.

  • "This [survey] is a great way for us to figure out where people are going, how they're getting there, and what we can do to get them there," Kaplan says.

What's happening: Kaplan's office partnered with the New Orleans RTA to develop the survey, available now, to hear from workers citywide on how best to service their needs.

  • There's no current survey deadline, and Kaplan hopes between 800 and 1,000 or more workers complete the questionnaire.

What he's saying: "Nighttime Economy means anything that happens at night," Kaplan says. "It's not just a bartender getting off at 2 in the morning. It's also someone who has to get to an airport job at 3 or someone doing a swing shift overnight at a hospital."

Meanwhile: The survey is the latest project in a broader push to ease the commute burden on culture bearers and hospitality workers.

  • City officials last month unveiled the first "Musician Loading Zone," which provides 15-minute free parking in front of venues that request the signage.
  • Kaplan and the RTA are also exploring free downtown parking for hospitality workers, take-home carpool vans and "circulator transit," which is a short-distance shuttle system.

Go deeper: Take the survey.


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