New Orleans — Final Contract
Rail Transit Online, June, 2002
trackwork contract for the 0.91-mile (1.46 km) City Park branch of the Canal
Street trolley project was awarded by the Regional Transit Authority on May 28
to Boh Bros. Construction Co. Work on the spur, along North Carrollton
Avenue, is set to begin by Aug. 1. It was the last of five major contracts
and gives Boh Bros. the job of laying track on all three line segments.
Meanwhile, progress in being made on the other two sectors. The 1.5 miles
(2.4 km) between Baronne and Salcedo streets is about 15 percent complete and
the section from Salcedo to City Park Avenue at the Cemeteries is around five
percent finished after being delayed by complications encountered during the
relocation of a water line. Work is also progressing on a 29,000-sq.-ft.
(2,694 meters sq.) maintenance building at the existing A. Philip Randolph
Operations Facility, with approximately 10 percent of the job now complete.
Ten of the 23 new replica heritage streetcars to be built at the RTA's
Carrollton Barn are under construction and the first is expected to be
unveiled in mid-June. A production schedule has been set of around one per
month for the next two years. The first phase of the Canal Street line,
including an existing segment from the Mississippi River to Salcedo Street, is
expected to open for revenue service in autumn 2003, 39 years after buses
replaced the original streetcars. The entire route should be fully
operational by the spring of 2004.