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Affair

T

RANSIT HAS BEEN AN INTEGRAL PART
of New Orleans' 300-year history. It has
been a catalyst to the city's growth and
development and, later, in post-Katrina
years, to its resurgence.
"Transportation has always been an
important thread woven into the tapestry
of the city's spirit and culture," said Flozell
Daniels, Jr., the Regional Transit Authority's
(RTA) Board of Commissioners chairman.
That thread began in 1835 when the New
Orleans and Carrollton Railroad established
the first city rail lines, which were operated
with a mix of steam locomotives and horsecars. Six streetcar companies operated 28 lines
by the late 1800s with the first electric-powered streetcars making their appearance in
February 1893 on the Carrollton line. FollowPhotos from Regional Transit Authority

ing an extension out to Carrollton Avenue,
the original line was renamed St. Charles and
now holds the title as the oldest continuously
operating street railway system in the world.
The St. Charles Streetcar line was placed
on Louisiana Landmark's National Register of
Historic Places in 1973 and became a National
Historic Landmark in 2014; designations that
keep the line operating to this day.
While the city's streetcars are its most famous mode of transportation among tourists,
95 percent of the RTA's bus routes connect to
the streetcar network and local riders make
up 78 percent of streetcar ridership. However, New Orleans can still draw a crowd. RTA,
which has been operating the city's streetcars, buses and paratransit service since 1983
and the ferry service since 2014, recognizes

New Orleans RTA Fleet
By the Numbers
132

buses

66

streetcars

57

paratransit vehicles

6

ferry boats

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Ad Index
Editor's Notebook - Showing, as Well as Telling
People and Places
Transit as a Community Affair
U.S. Bus Fleets Report
Forming Paratransit Partnerships Through Alternative Methods
Rail Systems Get Powered Up
Operating a Self Driving City
Best Practices - Deployment of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses
Products - In Focus: Buses and Components
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