After 70 years streetcars back to New Orleans
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,â€ 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. ■