Plan to study possible RTA streetcar expansion faces opposition

Plan to study possible RTA streetcar expansion faces opposition
RTA's goal is to extend the streetcar line in two directions. (Source: FOX 8 photo)

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A plan to expand one of New Orleans' streetcar lines faces opposition.

According to our partners at Nola.com|The Times-Picayune, some people think the Regional Transit Authority needs to find a new way to pay for a study to determine the best way to extend the Rampart-St. Claude line.

Right now, plans call to use money out of RTA's general operating fund to study the issue. Ride New Orleans thinks that money should be used to produce a comprehensive operations analysis of RTA's entire system.

The company that manages RTA thinks using money out of the general operating fund would position RTA's board to lock down federal grants for expansion.

RTA's goal is to extend the streetcar line in two directions. Cars would start moving from Elysian Fields Ave. into Bywater. Another expansion would take cars from Elysian Fields Ave. to the riverfront.

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