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After 70 years streetcars back to New Orleans

Staff Writer |
Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) in New Orleans officials joined New Orleans residents to celebrate the opening of the North Rampart Street/St. Claude Avenue Streetcar line extension.

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Back on track for the first time since 1949, streetcars are now operating along the North Rampart Street/St. Claude Avenue corridor for 1.6 miles from Canal Street to Elysian Fields Avenue serving the French Quarter, Iberville, Treme-Lafitte, Seventh Ward and Marigny.

This project, funded by a Series 2010 Sales Tax Revenue Bond, was completed on schedule and within its' original construction budget of $41.2 million.

"It's been almost 70 years since buses replaced streetcars along the Rampart and St. Claude corridor, and we have now come full circle,” said Mayor Landrieu.

"We know that where there is quality transit service, there will be economic development.

"Most recently, over $2 billion of private development can be credited in part to the streetcar line that launched along Loyola Avenue in 2013. As a result of this most recent investment in infrastructure a renaissance is happening along the historic Rampart and St. Claude corridor."

RTA and City officials predict even more reinvestment in this historic neighborhood in our city as a result of the successful completion of this project.

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