RTA Officially Opens New Cemeteries Transit Center 1/5/2018 The Regional Transit Authority officials, the Federal Transit Administration Region 6 Deputy Regional Administrator, the Mayor, and other dignitaries gathered to officially open the Cemeteries Transit Center. The proposed transit hub near the intersection of Canal Boulevard and City Park Avenue was originally planned as part of the Canal Streetcar project, which was completed in 2004. The RTA revised the design several times over the years before work began on the $10 million construction project in 2017. The transit center is designed to make connections more convenient and provide a safer crossing for pedestrians and motorists. “This is not just about RTA operations, but also about riders, motorists, and pedestrians who now have a more efficient and safer way to get from Canal Street across City Park Avenue to Canal Boulevard,” said Justin Augustine, III, vice president of Transdev, which operates the RTA system. “Covered walkways and shelters will protect riders from inclement weather, and new and better signalization will also make crossing City Park Avenue safer for everyone.” The project includes the following benefits Streetcar track extension from Canal Street across City Park Avenue to the transit center on Canal Boulevard; Covered shelters in the neutral ground with a turn-around for buses on the Louisiana, Lakeview, Hayne, Jackson/Esplanade lines as well at Jefferson Parish (JeT) transit lines. This location will also serve as the terminus for the Canal Streetcar line; Improved traffic signalization at Canal Street, Canal Boulevard, and City Park Avenue; Pedestrian signals for safer crossings at the intersections. Construction on the project began July 31, and the intersections were reopened to motorists on December 4, keeping to the projected four-month schedule. Safety testing will continue through Saturday; currently detoured RTA bus lines, the Canal Streetcar line and JeT buses will begin using the transit hub on Sunday. The project was funded primarily through a grant from the Federal Transit Administration. Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu said, "This project is an example of working together with our federal, state and local partners to get the job done. The improvements to this transit center will benefit our local businesses, residents and tourists, stimulating further development in this area and throughout the city.” “We consider this a major step forward for the RTA,” said RTA Chairwoman Sharonda Williams. “We recently adopted a Strategic Mobility Plan, and this project is another important step toward improving transit throughout the Greater New Orleans area.” For more information about the routes, visit www.norta.com, or follow on Twitter@rtaneworleans.