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Cemeteries Transit Center Project

What is the Cemeteries Transit Center Project?

The RTA will start 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 will begin 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 will affect bus riders of RTA and JeT, streetcar riders, motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists.  The project will require lane closures for a month and a total closure of the intersections listed above for an additional three months. More details follow:

 
  • RTA bus and streetcar riders and JeT riders will be impacted by bus and streetcar detours.
  • Motorists travelling through the corridor will also be 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 will be impacted by sidewalk closures in certain areas of the construction zone. ​
  • Businesses along the project corridor are open throughout the construction.

To see how this project will impact you, click here.

If you would like more information or if you have any questions of 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 is planned to start on Monday, July 31, 2017 and is projected to conclude on approximately Monday, November 27, 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 represenative. 
 

Who will be Impacted?

This project will impact 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 will be impacted in different ways. Service changes and detours will begin on July 20, 2017. Read below to find out how you will be impacted.

To read the full rider alert for the Cemeteries Transit Center Project, click the preferred language below:

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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

 
27 – 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.
 
45 – Lakeview
 
Route Detour for Buses Heading to Cemeteries and Lakeview:
Buses will continue on Pontchartrain Boulevard past Metairie Road and then continue on Airline Hwy, Carrollton Avenue and Orleans Avenue before stopping in front of Delgado Community College on Marconi Drive. A late night shuttle will provide service to the Hollygrove neighborhood between 8:00pm and 12:00am.
 
60 – 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 in front of Delgado Community College. 
 
Route Detour for Buses Heading to Lakeview: The line will begin at Marconi Dr and Dreyfous Dr. The line will run up Marconi Dr, taking a left on Navarre Ave, then a right on Canal Blvd.
 
91 – Jackson/Esplanade
 
Route Detour for Buses Heading Both Ways: The line will continue down Marconi Drive, turning around at Delgado Community College.

2. RTA Streetcar Riders


47 – Canal/Cemeteries Streetcar Line
 
Route Detour for Canal Streetcars Heading to and from Cemeteries: There will be 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 that stretch until construction is complete in late November. The shuttle bus will follow the Canal streetcar timetable. 

3. JeT Bus Riders

There are two Jefferson Transit (JeT) lines impacted, the E-1 and E-4. For additional details on 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.


 Lane Closures Effective July 31, 2017 thru the end of August 2017

  • Two lanes of downtown bound traffic towards Canal St. will remain open on City Park Avenue between the I-10 Service Road and Canal St.
  • No eastbound thru traffic lanes will be available on City Park Ave. between the I-10 Service Road and Canal St. 
  • No lake bound thru traffic lanes will be available on Canal St. beyond the intersection of North 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 Avenue.
  • No downtown bound thru traffic lanes will be available on Canal Blvd. beyond the intersection of Canal Blvd. and Rosedale St.
 
Lane Closures Effective Late August thru November 2017
 
  • No thru downtown bound traffic lanes will be available on City Park Avenue beyond the intersection of City Park Ave. and the I-10 Service Road.
  • No eastbound thru traffic lanes will be available on City Park Ave. between the I-10 Service Road and Canal St. 
  • No lake bound thru traffic lanes will be available on Canal St. beyond the intersection of North 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 Avenue.
  • No thru downtown bound traffic lanes will be available on Canal Blvd. beyond the intersection of Canal Blvd. and Rosedale St.

Suggestions for Motorists:

5. Pedestrians

Sidewalks will be closed on City Park Ave, westbound to Canal St. Sidewalks will be 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. Neighborhood Businesses

The businesses along the project corridor are open throughout the project construction.
All are accessible with a short walk from nearby parking. Click here for the pedestrian map.

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.  With the improvements this project brings, these areas 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. 
Below is a Prezi presentation detailing the full scope of the project. 
 

For a PDF version of this presentation, click 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.  

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