RTA - Streetcars

RTA - Streetcars, New Orleans: Address, Phone Number, RTA - Streetcars Reviews: 4.5/5

RTA - Streetcars
4.5
Public Transportation Systems
About
Get wherever you want to go in New Orleans with the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). Our extensive network of buses and streetcars winds throughout every neighborhood of the Crescent City. From Uptown to Downtown, from Lakeview to the Lower Nine, from Mid-City across the Mississippi River and to the parish lines, the RTA goes there.As streetcars glide underneath grand live oaks and past stately mansions, they offer up relaxing views of the beauty, charm and history of New Orleans for little cost. When riders board these historic vehicles they are boarding a piece of movable New Orleans history. The RTA operates three streetcar lines: the famous, historic St. Charles line, the Canal Street line, and the Riverfront line. All lines either run along or intersect with Canal Street in the area between the French Quarter and the Central Business District (CBD) connecting Uptown/Garden District, Carrollton, Mid-City, City Park and the Marigny. The RTA is currently adding more Streetcar lines.
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The area
Neighbourhood: Central Business District
Compared to the more evocative monikers of some other parts of New Orleans, the downtown’s humdrum title might suggest that this area is all about business and little else. But don’t let the bland name keep you away from the Central Business District. The CBD offers a wide range of fun things to do that would be touted as exceptional in less jubilant corners of the world. Bordered by the French Quarter, the Arts District and Tremé, with the river at its eastern extreme, this hub for sports, gaming, shopping, theatre, family-friendly activities, and amazing regional cuisine makes a smart base wherever your interests lie.
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NOLA Native
Pleasant Hill, MO2 contributions
It works but don't try at night.
Nov. 2021
Okay, it's better than some cities at least (I'm from KC Originally but live in NOLA now.) But there's some serious lack of discipline in the drivers, and the bus routes are not clearly labeled in half the places, and the App is pretty rough to use, and of course they are usually running behind or ahead, never on time. Which basically means arrive 10 minutes early and expect to wait 20-30 minutes.

Simple story which has happened in several different variations: I tried to catch the late night bus to get back home and the stop was a ghost town, I saw the bus on stood halfway in the middle of the street waving at the driver. The bus literally drove so close I hit the side of the bus and made full eye contact with the driver and she continued to drive on. I had to Uber home because it was the last bus of the night. I contacted their support and their response was "We will investigate, sorry for your inconvenience." That's it.

My thoughts if you want to use it, during the day the drivers typically aren't bad, but if it's after dark, the drivers seem to not care about anything besides getting to the end of their route. Bus to where you're going, Uber home. Kind of my philosophy at this point.
Written November 19, 2021
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Amy J
24 contributions
Great transportation for out of towners
Dec. 2020
If you don't want to drive in the city and especially if you are on a budget these are great. You can pay each time or for a small amount more get a 24 hour pass which is totally worth it.
Written November 17, 2021
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Breter
West Palm Beach, FL238 contributions
A little history
Nov. 2021
It is a street car and it is slow but faster than you can walk. The RTAs mobile app has a ride all day ticket which worked great.
Written November 15, 2021
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Crustybucket
Dunedin, FL1,054 contributions
Get updates!!! Absolutely needed!!
Nov. 2021
We stayed at a property on the St Charles streetcar line. Unfortunately the line is having problems, along with all the other lines (Canal,Magazine, River walk) Rails are being torn up along with other street repairs, and buses are being substituted. The problem is, scheduling is seriously affected, and reliability is mostly non existing. No a signs are posted for stops,relocated to another area,and no personnel to assist.For the locals,this is not a problem, but tourists do not have the expertise to negotiate changes. So go and use,but make sure you have a map, and extra time!
Written November 6, 2021
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Raven G
7 contributions
Awesome!
Oct. 2021
It took us a day or so to really figure them out because we had never been on one before. After that, they were great! And they take Covid precautions very serious, which is nice to see.
Written November 3, 2021
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deborah o
San Francisco, CA12 contributions
Best way to travel
Oct. 2021
With senior fares being 40cents, you can't beat the ride from the garden district to the quarter. Ride it to the end of the line and stop at the Camellia Grill for lunch.
Written November 1, 2021
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Kenneth V
25 contributions
Out of service throughout the city
Oct. 2021
Essentially all of the streetcars were out of service. We had to use the bus service which is perhaps the worst I have ever experienced in my travels around the world. Don't bother with the bus schedule. It will never come on time and often won't come at all. I am a huge proponent of public transit so it pains me to tell you that you will have to use uber or lyft. Other wise your vacation will be spent waiting for a bus that will never come, Ouch. The worst part of my stay in NO
Written October 30, 2021
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Nils K
Hayward, CA5 contributions
Get the RTA App first!
Oct. 2021
The streetcars are fun to ride. In the many years I've been going to NOLA, I've never seen them running without a bus bridge somewhere on the line, so be prepared. The app is handy and easy to use.
Written October 27, 2021
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Rosemary S
Peabody, MA121 contributions
Excellent way to get around town.
Oct. 2021
We mainly took the St. Charles Street Car because we were staying on St. Charles Street. Very easy to navigate and a very cheap way to get around.
Written October 24, 2021
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KathyAloha2013
Hanalei, HI55 contributions
Be sure and ride the streetcars!
Oct. 2021
So much of New Orleans is in a rebuilding state due to hurricane Ida and even Katrina. We realized you do not need a car in New Orleans. You can walk, but, or take the street cars everywhere. We were fortunate that our rental car was not available when we got to the airport because it would have been more of a hassle to have than a convenience. Loved the walking and seeing all the amazing buildings!
Written October 23, 2021
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