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On-Going Analysis for Canal Streetcar Improvement

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 looked 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 this preliminary technical transit analysis, see the presentation from the February 2019 and March 2019 Operations Committee Meetings, click 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.
Your feedback is very important in the decision-making process. There are a variety of ways to provide feedback on the pilot study: 
  • 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. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see upcoming outreach events. 

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

    CUncontrolled 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 and Public Outreach

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