Traffic Plan For French Quarter Festival 2015
NEW ORLEANS – During French Quarter Festival weekend, festival-goers, hotel guests, French Quarter residents, business owners and employees should be aware of the traffic rules and regulations of the City, and consider taking alternative modes of transportation to the event.
Attendees are encouraged to park in the Central Business District, use public transportation, ride bikes, or take advantage of "Be My Designated Driver" (BeMyDD) car service discounts. Free bike parking and bike valet services are available, as well as free French Quarter Festival pedicabs provided courtesy of Chevron.
Due to the festival's growing crowds during the weekend, vehicular traffic will be restricted from Thursday, April 9 until Sunday, April 12, 2015, beginning at 12:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. No on-street parking or vehicular traffic into the French Quarter will be allowed between Iberville, North Rampart, Dumaine, and Decatur streets, except those vehicles issued permits. A full "Mardi Gras" closure will be in effect Friday-Sunday. While the streets are closed to vehicular traffic, for-hire vehicles (taxis, limos, shuttle busses, pedicabs, and carriages) will be allowed access into the closed area as long as it is safe to do so. French Quarter residents, employees, and hotel guests will be allowed access as well, as long as it is safe to do so.
Access passes to be allowed past the checkpoints will be available after April 1 at the Eighth District Station (334 Royal St.) for residents, business owners, employees and hotel guests.
To avoid the challenges of traffic and parking, attendees are encouraged to park in the Central Business District and use public transportation; RTA announced that it will expand all services for festival, increasing the number of buses, streetcars and ferry service.
Attendees are also encouraged take advantage of "Be My Designated Driver" (BeMyDD) car service discounts or bike; free bike parking and bike valet services are available at Festival. Festival-goers can also hop into free French Quarter pedicabs provided courtesy of Chevron.
New Orleans has convenient public transportation, including the streetcar and RTA buses. The new Loyola Streetcar line conveniently has stops near several parking lots in the CBD and drops off steps away from the French Quarter. The following are easy access routes to downtown and the areas surrounding the French Quarter: #10 Tchoupitoulas, #11 Magazine, #55 Elysian Fields, #57 Franklin, #91 Jackson/Esplanade, #2 Riverfront, #12 St. Charles, #47 Canal/Cemeteries, #48 Canal/City Park Streetcar, #49 Loyola/UPT.
For more details and fare information go to www.norta.com.
Fares can be purchased from the conductor or in advance at one of the RTA's ticket vending machines -located at major transfer and boarding points throughout the city. Vending machines accept cash and coins only, and provide the option for $3 unlimited ride "Jazzy Passes".
Brown-Forman Company is offering festival-goers $20 off the Be My Designated Driver (BeMyDD) car service to ensure that fans get home safely. Two services are available: the Personal Driver Service from home, or the Pick Up Service from festival-grounds.
Visit www.bemydd.com or call 877-U-BeMyDD (823-6933). Be sure to use French Quarter Festival promo code: NOLA and receive a $20 discount on the ride!
Bike Easy Valet Bike Parking is available Friday-Sunday of French Quarter Festival. The service is located at the Canal Street entrance to Woldenberg Riverfront Park. "Do it yourself" bike parking is also available at several locations: along the Mississippi floodwall at the Conti Street and Bienville Street entrances, and at Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue, on the neutral ground.
Festival attendees will have access to free pedicabs in the French Quarter, courtesy of Chevron. To catch a ride, look for the Chevron/Festival-branded pedicabs each day of the event.
For more information on French Quarter Festival, call (504) 522-5730 or visit online at www.fqfi.org.