New Orleans' New Streetcar Line Nearly Ready
Should be rolling in time for Super Bowl
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 19, 2013 12:56 PM CST
In this Nov. 8 photo, construction continues on tracks on Loyola Avenue in New Orleans.   (Gerald Herbert)

(Newser) – After months of construction, road closures and flying dust, New Orleans is about ready to open its new streetcar line near the Superdome—just in time for the Super Bowl. A formal opening ceremony is planned for Jan. 28. That's when teams will likely arrive and out-of-state visitors are expected to start heading to New Orleans for the Feb. 3 game. For months, crews have been working to lay streetcar tracks through one of the business district's busiest corridors to connect by trolley the French Quarter and the Superdome.

Funding for the new streetcar line came from a $45 million federal transportation grant, but the project ran over budget and behind schedule. The New Orleans RTA pegs the total cost at about $52 million after a number of delays, including the relocation of power and utilities when workers found a petrified cypress log and an old underground ice house no one knew existed.

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Jan 20, 2013 5:59 PM CST
Over runs were needed to pay kickbacks,
Jan 19, 2013 11:42 PM CST
I lived just outside the Quarter and worked in there for 5 years. Most of the time it was just so much easier to walk. At least in the daytime... You didn't walk alone after 10:00 unless you were feeling particularly suicidal. That is not my form of entertainment.
Jan 19, 2013 2:37 PM CST
Hopefully it isn't affected by the Curse of the Superdome ...