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Cemeteries Transit Center to Benefit New Orleans

The opening of the Regional Transit Authority of New Orleans’ (RTA) Cemeteries Transit Center will stimulate development in its neighborhood and around the city, New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu said at dedication ceremonies Jan. 5.

RTA Chairwoman Sharonda Williams said the opening of the $10 million facility, funded in part by an FTA grant, is part of a program of region-wide public transit improvements underway as part of the authority’s Strategic Mobility Plan.

Justin Augustine III, vice president of Transdev, which operates the RTA system, said, “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.” He cited covered walkways and shelters and better signalization among the improvements at the site, along with the extension of streetcar track from Canal Street across City Park Avenue to the transit center on Canal Boulevard and a bus turnaround area.

Original plans for the transit hub were included in the Canal Streetcar project, which was completed in 2004. The RTA revised the design several times over the years before beginning work last year.
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