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RTA's Service Expansions

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. No matter what the stop, RTA gets New Orleans going. Because RTA is how New Orleans rolls.


What is the #RTAIsHowIRoll campaign?

The #RTAIsHowIRoll campaign celebrates the ways people use RTA to get around town. We are proud to have added more choices to explore and enjoy NOLA. Now you have more freedom to go where you want to go, and more ways to get there.

Look for our campaigns on your streets, on your TV and on your buses. And let us know on Facebook or Twitter how you roll with us.

Why are we doing this campaign?

We believe in our city and our people. We are invested in all that New Orleans is, and all that it will become. We are spreading the word about our new service additions.

RTA has added $13 million in new bus service since 2014 including:

  • More hours of service for better timing on transfers and connections.
  • More express buses.
  • More late night service for overnight workers.
  • Doubled weekend bus service on 7 lines serving Gentilly, 9th Ward, NO East, Algiers.
  • Expanded overnight service on 9 lines.
  • Earlier service on 5 lines, to get downtown by 5:00 a.m.
  • Extended 5 lines to serve downtown more directly, reducing travel times.
  • New, 1st-ever express service from downtown to airport.

We have also completed two major streetcar expansions since 2013: 

  • Loyola Avenue line in January 2013
  • North Rampart Avenue line in fall of 2016

We have completed a new transit center

The Cemeteries Transit Center, located on Canal Boulevard, allows for safer transfers between Canal-Cemeteries streetcars and buses. Additionally, new traffic and pedestrian signals allow for safer driving and walking on nearby City Park Avenue and Canal Street. 

We are planning for the furture of transit in the area

The Strategic Mobility Plan was accepted by the RTA Board of Commissioners in December 2017. The plan lays out details about further service expansions, improving the riding experience, connecting riders to opportunities within the next 20 years. For more information about the Strategic Mobility Plan, visit here

More Detail on Our Service Additions

In deciding on these service increases, RTA conducted many public meetings, workshops, and input sessions with neighborhood associations to listen to passengers and community members. We received invaluable feedback directly from many of our riders, which we appreciate!

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