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RTA celebrates St. Charles Streetcar Line designation as a National Historic Landmark

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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

The Regional Transit Authority will celebrate the designation by the United States Department of the Interior and the National Parks Service of the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar Line as a National Historic Landmark.

The RTA celebration will be held on Tuesday to commemorate the historic event. On September 30, the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar Line was designated a National Historic Landmark.

Operating since 1835, the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar Line is the nation's oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world.

The St. Charles Avenue Streetcar Line is also significant for its 35 arch-roofed, steel-bodied green Perley Thomas streetcars, which represent an evolution in the engineering of streetcar technology and have operated on the line's tracks since 1923.

National Historic Landmarks are historic places that possess exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United States. The National Historic Landmarks Program, established in 1935, is administered by the National Park Service on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior.

The RTA celebration will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Howard Avenue and Lee Circle.

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