New Orleans — Streetcar Returns
Rail Transit Online, January 2007
A 1.2-mi. (1.9 km) stretch of the hurricane-damaged St.
Charles Avenue streetcar line from Canal Street to Lee Circle was returned
to limited service on Dec. 19. However, only two cars are being used and
they operate only between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on headways of 13 to 26 min.
Hurricane Katrina virtually destroyed the overhead traction power system
along the historic 100-block route. The system is being rebuilt under a
contract signed before Katrina. Regional Transit Authority officials hope
to open another segment from Lee Circle to Napoleon Avenue by mid-2007 and
to the end of the line at South Carrollton and South Claiborne during the
first half of 2008.