Groundbreaking For New Streetcar Line In New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Wednesday for a new streetcar line in New Orleans.

         WDSU-TV’s Juan Sanchez reports the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority says the ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m. on North Rampart Street near the New Orleans Athletic Club.

         Construction began earlier this month on the 1.6-mile line, which will run from Canal Street up Rampart along the edge of the French Quarter. It will end at Elysian Fields Avenue, connecting to the existing Canal Streetcar line and the Union Passenger Terminal.

         The new line will cost $41.5 million and is being funded through a 2010 bond. Construction is estimated to last two years.

         Sen. J.P. Morrell says the new line will provide affordable, convenient transportation for the more than 70,000 residents who live in the area.

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