New Orleans — Under Budget
Rail Transit Online, October 2002
The cost of restoring
streetcar service to Canal Street is running about $20 million less than
expected despite nearly $3 million in additional spending approved by the
Regional Transit Authority board on Sept. 18. The increases include another
$2 million for Gannett-Fleming Inc., which has the construction management
contract, to reflect new responsibilities for the testing and safety
certification of 23 new streetcars, bringing the company’s total charges to
$13.45 million. Boh Bros. Construction Co., which is building the line
along Canal Street to the cemeteries and a short branch on North Carrollton
Avenue to City Park, had a $724,000 charge approved to pay for raising the
elevation of Canal Street to the track base to compensate for underground
utilities. The original budget for the 4.1-mi. (6.6 km) project, which is
80 percent federally funded, was $161 million. The Canal line, using 24
replica heritage trolleys manufactured in the RTA’s Carrollton shop, is
scheduled to open in about a year followed by the City Park spur in the
spring of 2004.
along Carrollton Avenue between Orleans Avenue and Beauregard Circle began
Sept. 23. Boh Bros. plans to complete trackwork before the end of November,
minimizing disruption at the entrance to the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Track installation along Carrollton between Canal Street and Orleans Avenue
won’t start until December while a large water main located under the future
right-of-way is moved. Work on Canal Street between Baronne and Salcedo
streets is nearly 30 percent complete and the segment from Salcedo to City
Park Avenue is over 20 percent finished. Fourteen trolleys are currently
under construction, one of which is expected to be completed this month.
Production should reach the rate of one car per month beginning in January.