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New Orleans - July 1999
   

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New Orleans – New/Old Streetcar

Rail Transit Online, July 1999

A prototype of the 24 heritage replica streetcars the New Orleans RTA wants to build for the proposed Canal Street trolley line was rolled out during a public ceremony on June 13. The bright red vehicle, was manufactured at the agency’s Carrolton Shops but equipped with new running gear from veteran streetcar manufacturer CKD Dopravni Systemy of the Czech Republic. Also on display was a brand new T6C5 streetcar from CKD which the company is hoping to market in North America. The Czech ambassador to the United States, Alexandr Vondra, was on hand for the ceremony, indicating the importance his country has placed on the export of its transit technology. The New Orleans-CKD car is supposed to resemble the city’s classic 1923 Perley-Thomas trolleys. But a clerestory roof has been added to hide the air conditioning equipment, making purists shudder at its mongrelized appearance. The Canal Street project remains stalled over the lack of a local match for promised federal funds. The state legislature failed to include any money for the project before adjourning for the year, putting the RTD’s hope of beginning construction next year in doubt.

 

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