City of New Orleans & Jefferson Parish Leaders To Take Inaugural Ride on #39 Tulane Line Extension to Ochsner 10/16/2018 Route expansion eases commute for hundreds of employees and patients What: The RTA is extending its #39 Tulane bus line to reach Ochsner’s Main Campus on Jefferson Highway. City of New Orleans and Jefferson Parish officials will be taking an inaugural ride to tour the new route. When: Wednesday, October 16 Board bus at 10:20am sharp Press conference begins at 10:40am Where: Inaugural Ride Start Location S. Claiborne & Leonidas Bus Stop Press Conference Location Ochsner Rehabilitation Hospital (parking lot) 2614 Jefferson Highway New Orleans, LA 70121 Interviews: Interviews available upon request Why: Better access to work and medical care – reasons the City of New Orleans and Jefferson Parish collaborated to provide regional public transportation between the two communities. Originally the #39 Tulane line stopped just short of Ochsner’s Main Campus in Jefferson Parish, but now buses travel beyond Mistletoe Street and S. Claiborne to Causeway Boulevard and Jefferson Highway. This provides easier access for Ochsner employees, as well as patients and their families. In addition, the service hours on the #16 South Claiborne line has been extended to 24-hours to match the 24-hour service provided on the #39 Tulane line. This addition gives riders more ways to access the hospital and provides a much needed 24-hour transit corridor through Uptown. The extension to Ochsner complements the Regional Ride program, which kicked-off last month. The program grants bus riders all-day access to both RTA and JeT bus lines for $6, without having to buy separate passes. These regional efforts signal the commencement of true regional public transit connectivity between the City of New Orleans and Jefferson Parish. Riders and local leadership have been asking for regional transit, and RTA is happy to help answer the public’s call. To learn more, visit: www.norta.com or call Ride Line at 504-248-3900.