New Orleans — N. Rampart Service Begins
The Curbed New Orleans site reported that the North Rampart streetcar line began operating through the neighborhoods of Treme, Marigny, and the French Quarter on Sunday, October 2, 2016. On Monday, October 3, the City of New Orleans, the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority, and Transdev North America held a grand opening for the new streetcar line at Louis Armstrong Park, in front of which the new line runs.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu was greatly pleased that the streetcar project was completed: "I’m always thrilled to be at events that speak to the rebirth of the city of New Orleans and projects that manifest themselves as building the city we always want it to be," Landrieu said at the press conference.
"This streetcar expansion is another major sign of our continued revitalization. To remind all of us what we’ve done just in the last five years to help rebuild not just this street but this neighborhood," he added.
The new Rampart streetcar line extends 1.6 miles from Elysian Fields Avenue to Canal Street. Streetcars last served this neighborhood in 1949. Cars operating over the route now cross Canal and continue on to the Union Passenger Terminal over the 2013-opened route along Loyola.
According to Justin Augustine, CEO of the New Orleans RTA, the project cost over $40 million, and was completed "on time and under budget."