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RTA New Orleans Breaks Ground for New Streetcar

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority kicked off construction of the 1.6-mile North Rampart Street/St. Claude Avenue Streetcar Project, which will connect the historic neighborhoods of the French Quarter and Treme to Canal Street and Loyola Avenue when it opens in 2016.

"New Orleans' streetcar system is the envy of the world and an enduring icon for our city," said Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu. "The Rampart/St. Claude Streetcar extension will continue this great tradition by enhancing mobility options for riders, improve connectivity to our historic neighborhoods and spur economic development. New Orleans is a perfect example of a truly multimodal, integrated transit system that already includes bus, streetcar, ferry and paratransit services. This streetcar line extension is another sign of our dedication to increasing transportation options for every citizen."

In addition to track installation on the inside lane on both sides of the street, the project includes underground utility upgrades/relocation, asphalt and concrete restoration/replacement, installation of historically accurate street lights, traction power and overhead electric cable system, traffic signalization upgrades, six covered shelter stops and new landscaping. A dedicated bike lane will be marked on the lake side of the street.

The new line will operate with the same streetcars that currently operate on the Loyola and Canal Street lines.
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