NEW ORLEANS -- After more than six decades, streetcars are closer than ever to returning to Rampart Street.
Even though the RTA has run a few test drives on Rampart, the streetcar won't officially be ready for public use for another two weeks. Thursday marked another trial run for the streetcar line.
"The new streetcar line will be 1.6 miles, from Canal Street to Elysian Fields (Avenue)," said Martin Pospisil, the project manager. "It's really a cool moment for me, basically bringing streetcars back where they used to be after almost 70 years."
These brand new streetcar line is now up and running and almost ready for people to use.
Service will begin on Oct. 2 after 18 months of construction. This construction project to bring the streetcars back to Rampart was a $40.6 million dollar project.
"We started construction in January of 2015 and we're about a week away, from opening the streetcar line," said Pospisil. He added the streetcar project is on time and under budget. "It's very rewarding."
The streetcars will begin running on Sunday, Oct. 2 and then the ribbon cutting with Mayor Mitch Landrieu will be the next day. This Rampart line is fifth streetcar line in operation in town.
The streetcars were removed from Rampart Street in 1949 and replaced with buses.
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