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New Orleans - November 1999

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New Orleans – Canal Street Contract

Rail Transit Online, November 1999

A joint venture of Parsons Brinckerhoff and the New Orleans-based firm C&S Consultants, Inc., has been selected by the Regional Transit Authority to prepare the final design of the Canal Streetcar project. This will mark the completion of planning and design efforts prior to construction. Major elements include:

  • The Canal Spine – two tracks reoccupying the neutral ground, or median, along the entire 3.5-mile length of Canal Street. Trolleys last ran here in 1963. 
  • Riverfront Streetcar Line – improvements at the Esplanade Station for better operational flexibility;
  • The Carrollton Spur – a new dual-track branch off of Canal Street at North Carrollton Avenue running approximately one mile to Beauregard Circle on Esplanade Avenue;
  • Constructing a new storage, inspection and service building;
  • Modifications to the historic Carrollton Barn maintenance facility. 

The estimated construction cost is approximately $139 million, and the RTA hopes to begin work next year.


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