New Orleans’ newest streetcar line will open Sunday, October 2, carrying riders along the edge of the French Quarter and part of an adjacent neighborhood.
The 1.3-mile route along Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue also passes historic neighborhoods where many built homes in the 1800s, just outside the original city limits of New Orleans.
After the Mayor’s ribbon cutting ceremony on October 3, the RTA will focus on a public celebration of the new Rampart/St. Claude Streetcar Line, which is to take place on Saturday, October 8, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Armstrong Park.
The celebration will feature live music and free food and beverages offered by the merchants along the corridor in an effort to thank the businesses and residents, as well as the general public, for their patience during the 18-month construction process.
Kermit Ruffins, Gina Brown. Philip Manuel and more will perform on-stage. Children will have an opportunity to produce art and play games, and everyone can enjoy boiled shrimp, fried fish and chicken, pralines and more. Each guest will be issued two coins to redeem for food inside the park, while food supplies last.
The streetcar will be in operation for those wanting to visit some of the venues in the corridor, which include bars, restaurants, galleries and coffee shops. The one-way streetcar fare is $1.25 per person