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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

RTA: Canal Boulevard and City Park Avenue intersection to open in November

Posted By on Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 4:00 PM

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At a Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Board of Commissioners meeting held Oct. 24, Transdev director of infrastructure Martin Pospisil announced he expects the intersection at Canal Boulevard and City Park Avenue to open to traffic by the end of November.

The intersection has been closed since July for work on the Cemeteries Transit Center Project, which will extend the Canal streetcar line across City Park Avenue toward Canal Boulevard transit shelters to facilitate rider transfers to connecting bus lines. Pospisil said at this point, the rail connection for the streetcar line is 90 percent in place, and the surrounding intersection is on track to open late next month.

There's still work to be done on the project — in December, RTA will test the line and  train streetcar operators and bus drivers. But Pospisil says the project currently is on time and under budget, and if the weather holds out (i.e., no significant rainfall), he anticipates that work will be completed on schedule.

Streetcar service is expected to begin at the intersection during the first week in January. A drone video of site progress is available online.

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