A Streetcar Named Survivor: Not Even a Devastating Hurricane Could Keep the New Orleans Streetcar System Down for Long

This article describes the re-commencement of New Orleans’ three venerable streetcar lines in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. The entire transportation agency, the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority, was severely undercut by the storm and the loss of revenues and riders afterwards. Before the storm, it was the largest transit system between Houston and Miami, with 1,300 employees, 124,000 riders a day and more than 500 vehicles in the total fleet. The article describes the key components destroyed by the storm, along with descriptions of the streetcar routes that have since resumed service. Only one-third of the city’s residents have returned.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Maps; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 46-51
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01054458
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 12 2007 3:33PM