Williams: I have been working with the RTA to push their Strategic Plan towards serving the low-income constituents who need reliable, affordable public transportation the most. Additionally, it is part of a responsible housing plan to include transportation issues and I am working towards improving infrastructure and bicycle/pedestrian safety to make travelling throughout our city safer and more efficient.
Nowak: First and foremost I am extremely displeased with city government handing over the operations of NORTA to Veolia Transport in 2008. We don't need a private for profit company running our public transport, as a profit motive underserves the utilitarian gains of public transport. I will seek to break this contract as soon as possible. I believe that is the necessary step to make transport investments to Algiers and New Orleans East, as we have seen the only investments being made currently in service of attracting more tourists. I would like to expand public transport to a light rail citywide system, and my first focus will be rail connections from NO EAST, Lower 9th Ward, and Algiers to the rest of the city. I have a platform goal of making every place in the city accessible within 45 minutes of public transit by 2025. We need to connect all job opportunities with all citizens!