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RTA Service Enhancements

The RTA helps passengers like you take more than 19 million trips on our buses, streetcars and ferry boats every year, covering over 14,000 miles each day. To us, it’s more than just taking you from point A to point B. Every day, we help thousands of New Orleanians get to work, to school, to see your families, to get home and connect with one another.

The RTA is currently considering service enhancement options for 2019. Below, you will see ten options that have come from conversations with riders, advisory committees, and during board and committee meetings. All options listed below are in line with the RTA's Strategic Mobility Plan. These options will be discussed during upcoming meetings (meeting details listed below). We encourage you to attend and provide your feedback and suggestions.   

If you are unable to attend the meetings, but would like to provide feedback on the service enhancement options, please click here to submit your comments using our comment form. Please select "suggestions" from the drop down menu and include 2019 Service Enhancements as the subject. The presentations from past meetings are listed below. You can click on the link to view the presentations. 

Presentation Links:

June Operations Committee Meeting - 2019 Service Enhancements Presentation
June Board Meeting - 2019 Service Enhancements Presentation

Options for Service Enhancements in 2019

  • Option 1: Additional frequency on 84-Galvez
    Additional bus service to reduce headways on the 84-Galvez from 45 minutes to 30 minutes during most periods, and from 60 minutes to 45 minutes from 1am to 5am.
  • Option 2: Extend 84-Galvez
    Extension of the 84-Galvez from the current end of the route at Tupelo/St. Claude to continue down Tupelo to Royal, Royal to Caffin, and Caffin to N. Claiborne. This option includes additional service to maintain headways in Option 1.
  • Option 3: Add one bus to 114-DeGaulle-Sullen and 115-DeGaulle-Tullis during peak
    Addition of 1 more bus to both the 114-DeGaulle-Sullen and 115-DeGaulle-Tullis during peak periods.
  • Option 4: Reduce headways on five routes: 15-Freret, 60-Hayne, 80-Desire-Louisa, 101-Algiers Point, 108-Algiers Local
    There are five lines with weekday headways greater than 45 minutes between 5am and 10pm. These are: 15-Freret, 60-Haynes, 80-Desire-Louisa, 101-Algiers Point, and 108-Algiers Local. This option therefore has five sub-options, one for each line on which headways would be reduced.
  • Option 5: Reduce 202 (Airport Express) headways to minimum 60 minutes
    Additional frequency to reduce headways on the 202-Airport Express to 60 minutes between 9am and 7pm.
  • Option 6: Increase nighttime service on the 11-Magazine
    Additional late-night trips on the 11-Magazine line. Additional service would be 2 platform hours on weekdays, 2.05 hours on Saturdays, and 2.75 hours on Sundays.
  • Option 7: Improved service on the 64-Lake Forest Express and 65-Read Crowder Express
    There are three proposed changes to the 64 and 65 lines:
    1. Eliminate the current weekday interlining of the 64-Lake Forest Express and the 65-Read-
    Crowder Express.
    2. Expand service on each line to provide 30-minute headways for the entire service day, instead of
    just during AM and PM peak times.
    3. Minor modification to the Saturday and Sunday schedules of both lines.
    Combined, the changes would add 42.71 platform hours during weekdays and 3.55 hours on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Option 8: Improved service on the 90-Carrollton
    Staff propose increasing the running time on the 90-Carrollton from 30 to 40 minutes. The current running time (30 minutes) is not adequate on either the inbound or the outbound routes. As a result, buses cannot meet schedules. Passengers therefore experience frequent delays and unreliable service. By increasing scheduled running time on the route, headways would be extended from 30 to 40 minutes. However, buses would be able to keep to the assigned schedules, so passengers would experience more reliable service.
  • Option 9: Bring start of Canal St.-Algiers ferry to 6:00am all days of the week (+13 hours/week of ferry service)
    Expand weekend hours for the Canal St.-Algiers ferry. The ferry would begin running at 6am on Saturdays and Sundays, matching its starting times on weekdays.
  • Option 10: Increased frequency on the 63-New Orleans East Owl
    This schedule adjustment would improve service on the 63-New Orleans East Owl. It would reduce headways from 60 minutes to 30 minutes.


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