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New Orleans is currently the only city in Louisiana with urban rail transit (see below). Baton Rouge is in the process of developing a 3 mile streetcar line which would connect LSU with downtown. A federal grant that will fund a study was awarded in 2014.

New Orleans
streetcar, proposed light rail


 
The New Orleans streetcars are the
oldest running light railways in the US (since 1832). New Orleans Regional TransitAuthority is rebuilding the trolleys in the wake of Hurricane Katrina's severe destruction of the city's network, especially the cars.

New Orleans' streetcars consist of four lines: The 13.2 mile St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, the Canal Streetcar Line, the 2 mile Riverfront Line which opened in 1988, and the Loyola Loop which opened in early 2013. The
Canal  Streetcar, opened in 2004,  consists one 3 mile line and a 2.5 mile spur.

Expansion plans include three new lines: a 1.9 km French Quarter Streetcar Loop which is expected to begin service in 2016; a 1.2 mile Rampart Street Elysian Fields line across the River Styx, and a Convention Center/Riverfront Streetcar Loop. Plans for light rail service connecting New Orleans with Baton Rouge and the entire Gulf area are also under discussion.

NewOrleans Riverfront Streetcar Page
RTA Official Home Page
New Orleans
streetcars under construction
Wikipedia Page
New Orleans Streetcars from New Orleans Online
Let There Be Light ...Rail



Expansion Plans