Speeding Up Trips on the Canal Street Streetcar in New Orleans

Big changes are in store for one of the busiest transit lines in New Orleans.

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February 18, 2019, 5:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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Jeff Adleson reports on planned changes to New Orleans famed Canal Street streetcar line, "aimed at cutting the time of the ride from Carrollton to Harrah’s Casino by more than a third, essentially turning the streetcar route into almost an express line."

The Regional Transit Authority is preparing to test changes like "eliminating some stops and closing off some of the intersections across the neutral ground so that streetcars can travel up to half a mile without having to pick up passengers or wait while cars block the track."

The changes could reduce trip times by almost 14 minutes between the Mississippi River and Carrollton Avenue.

The pilot project, if approved, would run from May to December.

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