(New Orleans)- Today, Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu and the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) of New Orleans announced plans to extend streetcar lines through the French Quarter between the Canal Streetcar line and Press Street. This expansion will include a tie-in to the existing Riverfront Streetcar line via Elysian Fields Avenue. The expansion will encompass approximately 2.48 miles and will have 13 stop locations.
Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu stated, “The Regional Transit Authority continues to improve services to better meet the needs of our residents. This expansion brings streetcars back into our neighborhoods, providing affordable and reliable transportation to a large segment of our community.” He added, “This expansion represents a viable new mode of transportation that reconnects us to our rich history and heritage.”
“The RTA Board of Commissioners is committed to making public transportation accessible for all of the city’s residents,” said Barbara C. Major, Chairwoman of the RTA Board. Adding, “With this project, we are providing a significant portion of our residents with transportation to pursue employment opportunities, creating a better environment for economic development along the expanded rail lines, and building the local business community.”
The agency will finalize environmental documents for the French Quarter Rail Expansion Project in April 2011, with the design phase scheduled for May 2011 – Spring 2012. Construction of the corridor will take place from Spring 2012 – Fall 2013 with revenue service beginning in Fall 2013.
The French Quarter Rail Expansion Project is a segment of a larger RTA rail expansion program. The agency will begin construction on the Union Passenger Terminal (UPT)/Loyola Avenue corridor in April 2011 with revenue service of this segment scheduled for June 2012. In addition, the agency has future expansion plans that will continue to grow the transportation system and provide world-class transit service to the residents of New Orleans.
For more information about the Regional Transit Authority or any of its projects call 504-827-8300 or visit us online at www.norta.com.