New Orleans, La. - If you're planning to head downtown to catch some of the Super Bowl festivities, be prepared for crowds, traffic and expensive parking rates. One way to help avoid some of these hassles is public transportation.
The Regional Transit Authority is offering special one and three-day passes that might be able to save you money, the it's extending services along bus and streetcar routes.
The passes are available for use beginning on Friday, February 1st through Sunday, February 3rd. The cost is $3 for a one-day [pass and $9 for a three-day pass. During that time, the RTA is expanding services from many areas, including the West Bank, the City Park area and New Orleans east. These services include:
Enhanced Algiers Local/General DeGaulle – catch the shuttle along General DeGaulle between Sandra Drive and LB Landry Avenue, or from the Wilty Terminal under the West bank Expressway Overpass (21 Westbank Expressway, Gretna) to the Convention Center. Service runs every 15 minutes.
Enhanced Canal/City Park – bus and streetcar services – park at City Park and catch a bus or streetcar at Beauregard Circle – services run every 15 minutes and brings passengers to the foot of Canal Street at the river.
- Enhanced Canal/Cemetery – park along the streetcar line to catch the Canal/Cemetery streetcar to the foot of Canal at the river, or park at Delgado and catch the Canal/Cemetery bus at City Park Avenue and Marconi, and travel via the Canal/Cemetery line to the foot of Canal at the river. Streetcar runs every 10 minutes, Bus runs every 15 minutes.
- Added services will be provided along all streetcar lines with extra streetcars and buses – park along the routes and hop on board to downtown. Please remember to follow all parking laws.
- Enhanced Lake Forest – park near Lowe's at Read Blvd, just south of I-10 and catch a bus to the Convention Center. Buses run every 15 minutes.