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NEWORLEANS - It's time for workers to install tracks for the highly anticipated streetcar line that will run along Loyola Avenue.This next phase of the project brings along some new detours for commuters, including a cutback in streetcar service.

RTA Spokeswoman, Patrice Bell Mercadel says, 'Riders of the Canal streetcar line will actually be transfering to buses at Murat and Villere, so that we can continue our aboveground work and begin to install that special curved track that will connect the Loyola avenue streetcar line to the Canal streetcar line.'

Drivers will also notice some new changes this week.You'll be unable to cross Canal at Elk Place.Instead, traffic will be rerouted down canal to rampart.

However on Loyola Avenue between the Union Passenger Terminal through Poydras they will have lane openings so they'll get a little bit of relief on that area of the city.

Mercadel says bus riders won't really see any new impacts in this next phase of work.'Any bus rider who uses the RTA bus system to come downtown will maintain their regular route and continue to use the Murat and Villere transfer points that were established about 2 months ago,' she explains.

Some of the shelters for the new streetcar line are already in place on Loyola Avenue. Even though the project was delayed a bit by Hurricane Isaac, officials say the new streetcar is still on track to be up and running in the new year.

For a full outline of the changes log on to www.norta.com.
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