Wednesday, April 24, 2013

New Orleans streetcar system could see major expansion, should funding come through.

The city's top transportation official on Tuesday outlined an ambitious proposal for expanding the city's streetcar system over the next decade, though it remains open to revisions and amounts to no more than a wish list without new federal grants or tax revenues.

Justin Augustine, the Regional Transit Authority's general manager, gave the agency's board a first look at the overall concept, including, most significantly, a new line along Elysian Fields Avenue from the riverfront to Claiborne Avenue, where it would hang a left and link up with Canal Street.

That line might also continue past Canal to Poydras Street, swing down past the Superdome and end at the new Loyola Avenue line, completed in February.

Another new segment would extend the St. Charles Avenue line from where it ends at  Carrollton and South Claiborne avenues and bring it all the way to Canal, a step that would mean streetcar riders could board in the Central Business District, travel the length of the city's Uptown neighborhoods and wind up at City Park.

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