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New Orleans - November 2000
   

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New Orleans – Streetcar Bids and Proposals

Rail Transit Online, November 2000

The Regional Transit Authority is seeking bids for portions of the 4.1-mile Canal Street trolley project and is moving forward with the planned Desire corridor streetcar route. The RTA is seeking bidders to modify the Carrollton Streetcar Barn, to fabricate medium and heavy structural components needed to build 23 replica heritage trolleys and to supply special trackwork. Local shop forces at Carrollton will build the cars, requiring the barn to be altered to allow both assembly of new vehicles and maintenance of the existing Perley Thomas fleet. Separately, the RTA has issued a Request For Proposals to conduct preliminary engineering and an Environmental Impact Study on the Desire Streetcar line. The project would cost about $82 million and run approximately three miles from Canal Street along North Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue. The only connection with Desire Street would be a single stop where the tracks would cross the thoroughfare made famous by the Tennessee Williams play. So far no money for construction has been identified.

 

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