Road to Recovery: Nearly Two Years After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans RTA is Slowly Building Back Infrastructure, Ridership, and the 'Big Easy'

This article describes the progress the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA) has made in recovering from massive losses due to Hurricane Katrina. NORTA was able to get four bus routes up and running relatively quickly after the disaster, and now has an additional 25 of the original 48 routes in service. Service on the streetcar system, believed to be the oldest interurban passenger transit system in the U.S. is gradually resuming. Only 35 of the system’s 66 streetcars survived the storm. The article describes slow but steady progress and the funding sources that have made it possible. Even so, NORTA’s annual budget has fallen 38 percent from pre-Katrina levels.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 34, 38
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01054482
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 24 2007 12:16PM