Streetcar Charters

Our historic streetcars are available for private charter. The current cost to charter a streetcar is $1,000. Charter requests must be received 4 weeks prior to the requested charter date. The RTA requires a deposit of 10% of the total cost to reserve your date. An RTA team member will contact you to confirm availability.

To charter a streetcar, fill out the form here and the RTA will contact you about your charter request. Before completing the form, please review all sections below.

Streetcar charters are available on a first come, first served basis, and have limited daily availability. Charters are also not available immediately before, after, or on holidays, during festivals, or city-wide events and activities. We attempt to assist clients in their planning by providing a list of blackout dates in which streetcar charters cannot be booked. While this list is comprehensive, please understand that in addition to blackout dates, streetcar charters may be impacted, prohibited and/or cancelled or rescheduled for several reasons. These reasons include but are not limited to: inclement weather, hurricanes, construction, street closures, required maintenance and other unforeseen events. Should an unforeseen event occur, we will work with you to reschedule or refund your event. We look forward to working with you to plan your Streetcar Charter in New Orleans.

Current blackout dates:

Jan. 6 - 14 RTA Annual Planning
Jan. 15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
Jan. 30 - Feb. 13 Mardi Gras
March 17 St. Patrick's Day
March 22 - 30 Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival
March 29 Good Friday
March 30 Crescent City Classic
April 11 - 14 French Quarter Fest
April 26 - 28 Jazz Fest (Week 1)
May 2 - 5 Jazz Fest (Week 2)
May 27 Memorial Day
June 19 Juneteenth
July 4 - 8 Essence Fest
July 4 July 4th
Sept. 2 Labor Day
  VooDoo Fest (TBD)
Oct. 31 Halloween
Nov. 28 - Dec. 1 Thanksgiving
Dec. 22 - Jan. 1 Christmas and New Year's Eve

Does my charter have to follow a standard route?
Charters may start and end at any stop along the streetcar route. You choose your own pick-up and drop-off locations along the route.

Are food and drink allowed on chartered streetcars?
Yes, guests may bring food and non-alcoholic beverages on chartered streetcars. Absolutely no alcoholic beverages are permitted on any RTA vehicle at any time. In addition, only paper or plastic containers are permitted on streetcars.

Can I smoke or vape on streetcars?
Smoking and vaping are not allowed on streetcars.

Can I decorate the chartered streetcar for my event?
Yes, you can decorate the streetcar you are chartering with advance notice to RTA. All attachments must be made with string Adhesive sprays, stickers, or anything that could damage the streetcar's finish cannot be used. Decorations on the exterior of the streetcar are not allowed.

How many times can I ride my streetcar charter?
Point A to Point B streetcar charters count as 1 rental ($1000).

Can I bring a speaker on board?
None of our Streetcars have electrical outlets or speakers.

What's the duration of the longest route?
The longest route from one end of the line to the other can take up to an hour and a half.

Do your streetcars have A/C?
The red streetcars have A/C; however, the green streetcars do not have A/C.

Are streetcars wheelchair accessible?
The red streetcars can accommodate and lock in 2 wheelchairs.

Can I have a DJ to play music?
Yes, you may bring a DJ or a battery-operated radio to play music on board the streetcar.

Can I pay with my credit card?
We accept credit card payment only if payment is made in full

How many persons can I bring along to decorate my streetcar?
Due to safety reasons, there should be no more than 2 persons at the time of your streetcar decoration

Can I bring my children to decorate the streetcar?
Due to safety and security reasons: Children are NOT allowed on the streetcar(s) or in the streetcar barn prior to your streetcar charter boarding time. 

How much time does my group have to board the streetcar? 
To avoid holding up the line, the streetcar can wait no longer than 7-minutes after the departure time. Please note that tardiness by charterer at the designated location may be interpreted as cancellation, in such case, your full payment will be forfeited.  

Charter requests must be received 4 weeks prior to the requested charter date. The RTA allows up to two charter bookings per day and is based on availability. Any charter requests received in less time may not be granted for the requested date. The individual who signs the contract agreement with the RTA must be at least 18 years of age.

The RTA requires a deposit of 10% of the total cost to reserve your date. Your booking is confirmed only once the RTA receives your deposit. The remaining balance is due 30 days before the date of your scheduled charter. Accepted payment forms are a cashier's check, a certified check, or a money order. Please make checks payable to “Regional Transit Authority.” Due to circumstances beyond our control, RTA may cancel or reschedule booked charters at any time at the discretion of the RTA. If your charter is cancelled, you will receive a full refund.

If your plans change, you may cancel your charter and receive a full refund. Your deposit will be the cancelation fee if you cancel your booking later than two (2) business days prior to the charter date. So, if your charter is scheduled for a Sunday, you must cancel by Wednesday to avoid the cancelation fee. We want our passengers to have fun and expect everyone to be safe and courteous. If the conductor finds that passengers are acting unruly or dangerously, the chartered trip will end immediately, and no refund will be given.

Tardiness by charterer at the desginated departure location will be interpreted as cancellation, in such case, full payment will be forfeited.

The person chartering the streetcar is responsible for any injuries and damages that result from passengers' behavior.

You and your guests are responsible for loading and unloading any equipment or personal possessions. We just do the driving.

If you are booking the streetcar for a city tour, you need to supply your own tour guide. Again, we just do the driving.

The RTA isn't responsible for any items left on the streetcar. Still, left-behind items often find their way to our Lost and Found Department. You can reach this department at (504) 827-8399. Be prepared; provide a detailed description of what you're missing.

The RTA reserves the right to require the rental of the Carrollton Streetcar Barn at an additional charge due to the nature and size of the Streetcar charter. These additional fees may include but are not limited to security and additional staffing.