NEW ORLEANS -- They won't be named Desire, but streetcars will once
again roll along New Orleans popular Canal Street after a 40-year
The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority said it will resume
revenue service of the Canal Streetcar line at 3:10 a.m. on April
The fleet of 24, "bright, functional," red streetcars will
travel a 5.5 mile route from the French Market, along Canal Street,
through the Central Business District of New Orleans, and into the
Mid-City area. The line will end at City Park Avenue and the
historic city cemeteries, according to the transit authority. A
ride costs $1.25 each way.
The cars resemble the familiar Perley Thomas models of old,
although with all the modern conveniences. For instance, each car
is air-conditioned, has a high-tech, low-noise braking system, and
is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility
lifts for the handicapped.
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