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willymeaux
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Streetcars in New Orleans
Do people living in New Orleans actually use the street cars in their daily commute or is it mostly a tourist thing?


Fun Bunch
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re: Streetcars in New Orleans
There are people that use them to commute, but its also a huge amount of tourists.

I have not been on a street car since I was in elementary school as far as I can recall.


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Prosecuted Collins
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re: Streetcars in New Orleans
They are just like your Mom, everyone rides them.


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TheCaterpillar
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re: Streetcars in New Orleans
Only time I've been on a street car in New Orleans was as a kid or in wedding photos.



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AFistfulof$
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New Orleans
Member since Jan 2013
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re: Streetcars in New Orleans
Mostly less financially able ppl ride them on the regular. However, more locals will ride them for big events in the quarter/riverfront/uptown areas when it’s easier to park and ride down than it is to park around those places


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jlovel7
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re: Streetcars in New Orleans
I live uptown and use it to get to the quarter.


Ben Hur
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re: Streetcars in New Orleans
Yes some people use them for work commutes, but they have to leave likely an hour earlier than if they used a car. The timing of them is unreliable, and they will pass you if they are full.

Historically, they were designed as a full network to get you all across the city.

Here's a map of the lines in 1875:



AbitaFan08
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re: Streetcars in New Orleans
How reliable are the streetcars nowadays? Do they tend to run on a pretty regular schedule or is catching one at a given stop hit or miss?


xiv
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re: Streetcars in New Orleans
Out of curiosity, I google-map-directioned from St Charles & S Carrollton to Canal & Carondelet, which is the length of the St Charles line minus the lake-to-river stretch on Carrolton.

Streetcar 44 mins
Driving 20 mins
Biking 33 mins (bike directions estimate biking at 10mph, which is on the slow side)

5 miles in 44 minutes. Yikes.


Ben Hur
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re: Streetcars in New Orleans
They are supposed to come by every 15 minutes, but they often end up bunching up if the lead car is delayed and it will take 30+ minutes until the next one comes.


Jim Rockford
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re: Streetcars in New Orleans
quote:

Cypress Swamp


Therein lies the root of lots of Nola's drainage problem.


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xiv
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re: Streetcars in New Orleans
St Charles line is every 9 mins according to my google mapping mentioned in my previous post


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AbitaFan08
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re: Streetcars in New Orleans
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They are supposed to come by every 15 minutes, but they often end up bunching up if the lead car is delayed and it will take 30+ minutes until the next one comes.


This is what likely prevents more people from using them as reliable transportation, especially to get to/from work.

I would guess that if they ran like clockwork every 10-15 minutes and were reliable, more people would be happy to use them for their work commute.


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Dizz
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re: Streetcars in New Orleans
RTA has an app which shows live location of the streetcars which helps, otherwise it can be hit and miss. When I lived upt I would take it to the quarter on the weekends and now I will use the canal st line for Saints games some times.


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jaTigerfan
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Member since Oct 2011
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re: Streetcars in New Orleans
I used it a couple years ago when I went to Tulane. My apartment and the architecture school were a block from the line, so it was pretty convenient. Extremely unreliable on Fridays, though.


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777Tiger
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re: Streetcars in New Orleans
quote:

use it to get to the quarter.

trashy


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Demshoes
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Here
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re: Streetcars in New Orleans
Been here over 25 years and never stepped foot on one. Not that I have anything against them.


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MorbidTheClown
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re: Streetcars in New Orleans
saves on parking


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doublecutter
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re: Streetcars in New Orleans
I rode the streetcar everyday when in high school. S. Carrollton and Claiborne to De la Salle.


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PrettyBird
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Aspen
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re: Streetcars in New Orleans
I see mostly tourists on them day to day. When I lived uptown on the line I never took it because it was a time issue. It was faster for me to drive, bike or even run.


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