Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New Orleans streetcar line opens

New Orleans streetcar line opens Federal Transit Administration

The Loyola Avenue-Union Passenger Terminal Streetcar Line in New Orleans, La., is now open. The new line extends transit service to the French Quarter, the Superdome and downtown jobs and is already attracting new business and residential development to the area.

"We are committed to helping New Orleans modernize its historic streetcar line, which has become an important catalyst for revitalizing the downtown business and tourist districts," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The Loyola Avenue Streetcar line has four new stations and travels through the city's business district, which includes energy, government, healthcare and financial sector offices and jobs. The line connects directly with Amtrak and intercity bus service at the Union Passenger Terminal, as well as streetcar service on Canal Street.

The U.S. Department of Transportation provided $45 million in Fiscal Year 2010 toward the streetcar project through its Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. The remainder was funded by local sources.

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