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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Detours and schedule changes for public transit during Mardi Gras

Posted By on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 5:10 PM


The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has announced its plans for moving people around town during the Mardi Gras season.

On Mardi Gras itself, bus lines will run their Saturday schedules and the Canal and Loyola streetcars will run their weekday schedules.

The Riverfront streetcar will run every 10 minutes. The St. Charles Avenue streetcar will be replaced by bus service, and all bus lines that come to or cross Canal Street will be detoured.

(More details under the jump)

From Feb. 16 until Mardi Gras, the maintenance work Uptown will be put on hold and the St. Charles streetcar will operate along its usual line (unless there's an Uptown parade, in which case the streetcar will be replaced by a shuttle bus). The Loyola Uptown streetcar won't operate during parades.

Bus lines 5 and 55 will run to the Riverfront Streetcar French Market station. Commuters should plan on boarding buses at Esplanade Avenue and Decatur Street.

For more details, including information about specific parades and other bus routes, see the RTA's service schedule.

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