Construction Begins on New Orleans Rampart Streetcar Expansion
On the heels of the St. Charles streetcar line being named a national historic landmark, the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) here in New Orleans has begun construction on a new Rampart streetcar line. The line will travel in shared lanes (similar to the Carrollton line) from Canal Street to Elysian Fields along Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue. Tracks will be laid in the leftmost lane in each direction. TMG is excited to see this portion of the streetcar expansion come to fruition.
Just as with the increased economic development after the announcement of the Loyola Streetcar Line, the Rampart/St. Claude line could invigorate investment along the corridor even before the line’s completion in 2017. The corridor currently hosts an eclectic commercial offering of bars, galleries, music venues, and food co-ops. Advocacy and buy-in from the area’s residents was a major factor in implementing the RTA’s vision, and the entire city stands to benefit.
The Rampart/St. Claude streetcar corridor is bounded by 7 neighborhoods: the Central Business District, the French Quarter, Iberville, Treme, Marigny, and the 7th and 8th Wards. During the planning phase, the RTA actively engaged each of these neighborhoods as well as more than a dozen neighborhood and community organizations representing the surrounding area.
TMG is proud to have played a part in the planning, oversight, and execution of this major capital program.
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