RTA: St. Charles Avenue Streetcar Not to Return Until "End of 2007"
I didn't hear this live, but while trolling the WWL Radio audio archives over the weekend I found a brief interview with an RTA spokesperson conducted Friday.
The good news: the portion of the St. Charles Avenue Line from Canal Street to Lee Circle will be back online "sometime before Christmas." Testing (using a streetcar) to begin this upcoming week or perhaps the following week. The bad news: The full line isn't slated to return until the "end of 2007." And that didn't even sound so definite.
Its already been 15 months. The end of 2007 would be 28 months with New Orleans minus the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar Line. I guess I should be thankful the carpetbagger parking on the St. Charles and South Carrollton neutral grounds is no longer an issue.
Restortation of the Line should be of the utmost priority and I don't get the feeling that it is . . . .
Audio clip from WWL Radio. Listen and weep.
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