Cemeteries Transit Center Project What is the Cemeteries Transit Center Project? The RTA started construction on the Cemeteries Transit Center Project at the intersections of Canal Street and City Park Avenue, and at the intersection of Canal Boulevard and City Park Avenue on July 31, 2017, at 7 am. Service changes and detours began on July 30, 2017. The purpose of this project is to build a greatly improved transfer center on Canal Boulevard north of City Park Avenue. This project will last approximately four months, and affects bus riders of RTA and JeT, streetcar riders, motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. The project requires lane closures for a month and a total closure of the intersections listed above for an additional three months. More details below: RTA bus and streetcar riders and JeT riders are impacted by bus and streetcar detours. Motorists travelling through the corridor are also impacted, because the traffic lanes listed above will be partially closed from July 31, 2017, to the end of August. Then, from September to the end of November, ALL traffic lanes at the intersections listed above will be closed to motorists. Pedestrians and bicyclists are impacted by sidewalk closures in certain areas of the construction zone. Businesses along the project corridor are open throughout the construction. Multimedia, including presentations and videos, showing the progress of the project. To see how this project impacts you, click here. If you would like more information or if you have any questions or comments related to the Cemeteries Transit Center Project, call the hotline at (504) 620-0036 to connect with a project representative. If you have questions about bus and streetcar detours, call RTA Rideline at (504) 248-3900. When completed in late November, this project will have significant positive impacts on riders, pedestrians, and drivers. See the benefits to riders, pedestrians, and drivers below. What is the duration of the project? Construction started on Monday, July 31, 2017 and is projected to conclude on approximately Monday, December 4, 2017. Where Exactly Will This Construction Take Place? The construction zone is from the northern end of Canal Street to City Park Avenue and onto Canal Boulevard. Who should I contact if I have any questions about this project? For any questions or comments related to the Cemeteries Transit Center Project, call the hotline at (504) 620-0036 to connect with a project representative. For detour information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Rideline at (504) 248-3900. Who is Impacted? This project impacts RTA bus riders and streetcar riders, JeT riders, motorists (drivers of cars and trucks), pedestrians, and bicyclists. How will You be Impacted? RTA bus riders and streetcar riders, JeT riders, drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists are impacted in different ways. Service changes and detours began on July 30, 2017. Read below to find out how you are impacted. To read the full rider alert for the Cemeteries Transit Center Project, click the preferred language below: English Espanol Tiếng Việt 1. RTA Bus Riders Currently, there are four New Orleans RTA bus lines impacted by this project. Click the bus line below to see the detour. Riders are encouraged to plan extra travel time and to map their route during project detours. For a PDF version of the brochure showing maps of all bus detours, click here. Louisiana Ave. Route Detour for Buses heading to City Park: The line will travel down Carrollton Ave, turning left on Orleans Ave, and then heading to Marconi Dr. Route Detour for Buses heading to Washington Ave: The line will travel down Orleans Ave, turning right onto Carrollton Ave to Washington Ave. Lakeview Route Detour for Buses Heading to Cemeteries and Lakeview: Buses will continue on Pontchartrain Blvd past Metairie Rd. and then continue on Airline Hwy to Carrollton Ave and Orleans Ave before stopping in front of Delgado Community College on Marconi Dr. A late night shuttle will provide service to the Hollygrove neighborhood between 8:00pm and 12:00am. Hayne Route Detour for Buses Heading to Cemeteries: The line will go down Canal Blvd, then left onto Navarre Ave, then a right onto Marconi Dr. stopping at Carrollton Ave and Orleans Ave. Route Detour for Buses Heading to Lakeview: The line will begin at Carrollton Ave and Orleans Ave. The line will run up Marconi Dr., taking a left on Navarre Ave, then a right on Canal Blvd. Jackson/Esplanade Route Detour for Buses Heading Both Ways: The line will continue down Marconi Dr., turning around at Delgado Community College. 2. RTA Streetcar Riders Canal/Cemeteries Streetcar Line There is no streetcar service on Canal Street between the Carrollton Avenue stop and City Park Avenue stop in either direction. A shuttle bus will provide service in lieu of the streetcar. Heading to Cemeteries: Shuttle buses will pick up riders at Canal St. and Carrollton Ave in front of Walgreens. The shuttles will turn right onto Carrollton Ave, stopping at Orleans Ave, doing a U-turn, coming back down Carrollton, then turning on Canal St. to St. Patrick St. Riders can either board the shuttle at Canal St. and Carrollton Ave or take the streetcar to Carrollton Ave and Orleans Ave and board the shuttle there. Heading Away from Cemeteries: Shuttle buses will leave from Canal St. and St. Patrick St., and stop in front of Theo's Pizza for riders to switch to the streetcar. 3. JeT Bus Riders There are two Jefferson Transit (JeT) lines impacted, the E-1 and E-4. For additional details of Jefferson Transit route changes contact JeT at 504-818-1077. 4. Drivers of Cars and Trucks As the project progresses, there will be a series of changes in traffic flow around the construction area. From July 31, 2017 to the end of August, there will be a partial lane closure at the intersections of Canal Street and City Park Avenue, and at the intersection of Canal Boulevard and City Park Avenue. From September to the end of November, all lanes at these intersections will be closed. Drivers are encouraged to allow extra travel time to downtown and choose alternate routes to avoid the traffic detours. Below are suggested driving routes to avoid the construction zone. Despite the intersections being closed, business are still open and we encourage patronage. Click here to see how to get to businesses within the project corridor. Lane Closures Effective July 31, 2017 thru August 28, 2017 Two lanes of downtown bound traffic towards Canal St. will remain open on City Park Ave between the I-10 Service Rd. and Canal St. No eastbound thru traffic lanes will be available on City Park Ave between the I-10 Service Rd. and Canal St. No lake bound thru traffic lanes will be available on Canal St. beyond the intersection of N. Anthony and Canal St. No westbound thru traffic lanes will be available on City Park Ave beyond the intersection of Bienville St. and City Park Ave. No downtown bound thru traffic lanes will be available on Canal Blvd beyond the intersection of Canal Blvd and Rosedale St. Lane Closures Effective August 28, 2017 thru the end of November 2017 No thru downtown bound traffic lanes will be available on City Park Ave beyond the intersection of City Park Ave and the I-10 Service Rd. No eastbound thru traffic lanes will be available on City Park Ave between the I-10 Service Rd. and Canal St. No lake bound thru traffic lanes will be available on Canal St. beyond the intersection of N. Anthony and Canal St. No westbound thru traffic lanes will be available on City Park Ave beyond the intersection of Bienville St. and City Park Ave. No thru downtown bound traffic lanes will be available on Canal Blvd beyond the intersection of Canal Blvd and Rosedale St. Suggestions for Motorists: Driving from Metairie to downtown New Orleans on I-10, to avoid construction site closures avoid City Park Ave exit, instead continue to Carrollton/Tulane exit. Driving from Metairie to downtown New Orleans on I-610, exit at Canal Blvd/West End and continue to destination. Driving from Downtown New Orleans to Metairie on I-10, avoid I-10 entrance on City Park Ave. Driving to Canal Street on Metairie Road, avoid Canal St and City Park Ave intersection. Turn right or left onto I-10. Driving to Canal Street from City Park, use N. Carrollton Ave/Tulane Ave exit to get onto I-10. Use Canal Blvd/West End exit to get onto I-610. 5. Pedestrians Sidewalks are closed on City Park Ave, westbound to Canal St. Sidewalks sre closed on Canal Blvd, southbound to City Park Ave in the construction zone. Intermittent closures may occur to other sections of the sidewalk in the construction zone. Click here for the pedestrian map. 6. Bicyclists Due to sidewalk and street closures, bicyclists are encouraged to find alternate routes around the construction zone. Please review the pedestrian map or motorist section to see the impacted areas. 7. How to Get to Neighborhood Businesses RTA encourages continued patronage to businesses within the project construction zone. These businesses are open and ready for business throughout the project. Below is a list of businesses within the corridor. Click on any of them to see in Google Maps. Armstrong McCall Beauty Supply Dolly's Deli La Vie Jolie Beachcorner Bar & Grill Greenwood Funeral Home The Mortuary/ Mystère Escape Rooms Bud's Broiler Mid City Haifa Cuisine & Hookah Bar Rosedale Restaurant Bulldog Mid City Helm Paint & Decorating Sacred Grinds Canal Blvd Auto Service The Herb Sherwin-Williams Dollar Tree Lachin Architects Soft Touch Car Wash 8. Business Buzz The Business Buzz campaign works to connect businesses in the corridor with patrons looking to shop and dine. Participating businesses can provide discount codes, coupons, or buzz words for patrons to mention at the time of purchase for added value. Businesses along the Canal and City Park corridors that would like to join Business Buzz can contact the project hotline at 504-620-0036. Some Business Buzz deals are below: Soft Touch Car Wash 5270 Canal Blvd | 504.483.0099 Click here to view coupon Helm Paint & Decorating 5331 Canal Blvd | 504.485.6569 10% OFF and a free pint of Benjamin Moore Paints when mentioning the Business Buzz program What are the Benefits to Riders, Drivers, and Pedestrians? In the past, this area has been difficult to navigate, requiring pedestrians and commuters to cross multiple lanes of traffic. Further, signalization was not sufficiently optimized for motorists. This project brings improvements to these areas that will be much safer and more convenient for everyone – motorists, bus riders, streetcar riders, pedestrians and bicyclists. Key benefits follow: New traffic signalization on Canal Street, City Park Avenue, and Canal Boulevard will provide motorists with safer, easier and more fluid driving conditions Pedestrian signals will provide safer walking conditions for bus riders, streetcar riders, and all riders making transfers at Canal Street and City Park Avenue intersection as well as the City Park Avenue and Canal Boulevard intersection. New bus and streetcar shelters will protect riders from the elements as they wait to transfer to a bus or streetcar. A covered walkway will provide shelter for riders walking to and from transfer points. Improved overall conditions will make riding, driving, and walking safer, smoother, and quicker. Multimedia To view a Prezi that details the extent of the project and the benefits, click here. For a PDF version of this presentation, click here. Get an Eagle Eye view of the construction zone as the project progresses here. For any questions or comments related to the Cemeteries Transit Center Project, call the hotline at 504-620-0036 to connect with a project representative.