Sunday, October 28, 2007

St Charles Avenue streetcars return to service on Nov 10, running from the CBD to Napoleon Ave

Streetcar service from the CBD to Napoleon Ave from 5:30 am til midnight will begin Nov 10, says New Orleans Regional Transit Authority officials.

Pre-Katrina, the line popular with Uptown residents and tourists operated 24 hours a day. The RTA says after the entire line is up and running, perhaps in the spring of 2008, the operating hours may be adjusted.

The return of service to about 3 miles of the 6.5-mile streetcar line means an end to paying parking fees for some Uptown residents who work in the Central Business District.

And it is the latest victory in the authority's struggle to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina's high winds destroyed the overhead power system for the Saint Charles line and floodwaters from broken levees damaged the candy-apple red streetcars that graced Canal Street.

Alleluiah, bro.

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