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On-Going Analysis for Canal Streetcar Improvement

The Canal Streetcar Improvement Analysis is ON HOLD until after the New Links Comprehensive Analysis is complete. 

Staff have prepared an internal analysis of options to speed up the Canal Streetcar line to help our residents get to jobs, recreation, and community services faster and more reliably. Our preliminary technical transit analysis looks at the area between Carrollton Avenue to Harrah's Casino at the foot of Canal Street. To see a map of the area of focus, click here.

To view a summary of the updated preliminary technical transit analysis, click here. To view the Canal Improvement Options and Analysis Report, click hereStaff have also made some preliminary observations about possible effects of changes on vehicle traffic. While these observations are not a complete traffic study, they are available here.

Rider Feedback is Key

Canal Streetcar RidersRTA is always looking to improve the transit riding experience. We are in the listening stage. Having completed an initial internal transit analysis, we want to know what you think. No decisions on the future of the Canal corridor have been made yet. They will only be made through collaboration and engagement with the community.

Outreach Phases
Your feedback is very important in the decision-making process. There are a variety of ways to provide feedback on the analysis and options:
  • You can visit our Customer Service page and fill out the comment form.
  • You can send an email to comments@norta.com.
  • You can call Rideline at 504-248-3900. Rideline hours are Monday through Friday, 5 am to 12 pm. Saturday and Sunday are 5 am to 11 pm.
  • You can attend a monthly public meeting at the RTA .
  • You can fill out a comment card at RTA Public Outreach events. We will list dates, times, and locations of public outreach events below. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see upcoming outreach events.
Public Outreach Events
  • Wednesday, April 3 • 5:30 pm: RAC Meeting (RTA Boardroom)
  • Monday, April 8 • 6:30 pm: Mid-City Neighborhood Organization (Warren Easton H.S. Cafeteria
  • Wednesday, April 10 • 7:15 am: Bike to Work Day – Duncan Plaza (across from City Hall)
  • Wednesday, April 10 • 6:00 pm: Moving New Orleans - Bike Plan Meeting for District A (Stuart Hall – Cafeteria- 2032 S. Carrollton Ave.)
  • Thursday, April 11 • 6:00 pm: Moving New Orleans - Bike Plan Meeting for District C (KIPP Renaissance School, 3820 St Claude Ave.)
  • Monday, April 15 • 6:00 pm: Moving New Orleans - Bike Plan Meeting for District C (Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Dr.)
  • Wednesday, April 17 • 6:00 pm: Moving New Orleans - Bike Plan Meeting for District E (Martin Luther King Library, 1611 Caffin Ave.)
  • Tuesday, May 7 • 7:45 pm: Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association Meeting (Deutsches Haus, 1700 Moss St.)
  • Thursday, May 9 • 6:30 pm: City Park Neighborhood Association Meeting (Cypress Academy on Orleans Ave at N. Hennessy St.)
  • RESCHEDULED Tuesday, May 14 • 6:00 pm: East New Orleans East New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Commission (ENONAC) – St. Maria Goretti Community Center (7300 Crowder Blvd.)

RTA’s Community Engagement Process

The RTA aims to engage with communities throughout the New Orleans region to make collaborative decisions on public transit services and investments. Specifically, we try to remain in constant dialogue with RTA passengers, other residents (even those who do not regularly ride RTA vehicles), and community groups – such as non-profit organizations, churches, and neighborhood associations. We make a particular effort to regularly engage with groups with unique needs, such as disabled riders and their caregivers.

In all interactions with community members, we strive to be:
  • Inclusive
  • Transparent
  • Proactive
  • Responsive
  • Effective Communicators – The RTA uses many forms of communication to inform and engage with communities, including: traditional media, through public events and community events, feedback forms, interviews, and digital communications (social media, e-newsletter, the GoMobile app, text messaging, and the RTA website).
Read more about our community engagement process here.

Summary of the Internal Technical
Transit AnalysisCanal Streetcar

The Canal Streetcar line is one of the most important lines for local residents in the RTA network. Local residents take more than 3 million trips on it every year. The line also connects with nearly every bus line in the RTA network, every other streetcar line, and the Canal St. ferry.
Staff’s initial internal analysis looked at ways to improve this essential link for the riding public, by:
  • Speeding up trip times

    Uncontrolled crossings and high stop frequency slow trips for riders. Addressing these issues could save time for the more than 5,000 local residents who use the Canal Streetcar every day.
  • Safety

    Streetcar collisions with cars in the neutral ground are the largest source of accidents in the RTA network. Reducing chances for those accidents could improve safety for riders and motorists alike.
  • Improving reliability

    Transit riders should have confidence that our vehicles will come on time and take them to their destinations on schedule. Removing obstacles for the Canal Streetcar could make this better for riders.

Related Documents

  • To view a summary of the preliminary technical transit analysis presentations from the February 2019 and March 2019 Operations Committee Meetings, click here.
  • The preliminary technical transit analysis was presented at the New Orleans City Council Transportation Committee meeting on February 27, 2019. To view a recording of the meeting, click here.
  • Canal Streetcar Improvement Analysis FAQs
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