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New Orleans RTA Cemeteries Transit Center construction road closures, detours

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RTA will start construction of its new transit center on July 31. The project will take four months to complete.
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Starting Monday, July 31, New Orleans’s Regional Transit Authority, in cooperation with the Federal Transit Administration, will oversee the development of the new Cemeteries Transit Center. The City Park Avenue intersection overhaul will create safer conditions for pedestrians and drivers while improving connectivity between transfers for transit riders.

The new construction will extend the Canal Streetcar line across City Park Avenue onto Canal Boulevard, making it easier for transit riders to make bus transfers.

The construction zone will impact parts of City Park Avenue, Canal Street, and Canal Boulevard.
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Parts of City Park Avenue, Canal Street, and Canal Boulevard will be closed for construction until November 27, 2017. The new transit center is funded partially by a Federal Transit Administration grant and the RTA.

The overhaul of the City Park Avenue intersection will also bring new traffic signals on Canal Street, City Park Avenue, and Canal Boulevard; new pedestrian signals; new bus and streetcar shelters; and a covered walkway between transfer points.

Sidewalks in the construction zones along City Park Avenue, Canal Street, and Canal Boulevard will be partially closed to pedestrians.

How it affects transit riders

Between July 31 to November 27, the 27 - Louisiana, 45 - Lakeview, 60 - Hayne, and 91 - Jackson/Esplanade bus lines will have temporary pick up points, avoiding the City Park Avenue intersection. The Jefferson Transit E-1 and E-4 lines will also avoid that intersection of City Park Avenue.

The 47 Canal/Cemeteries streetcar will stop short of City Park Avenue. A shuttle bus will operate on Canal Street for transit riders between North Carrollton Avenue and North Anthony Street.

How to get around it

The RTA developed a brochure that marks suggested routes to avoid the City Park Avenue intersection. The suggested routes include using North Carrollton and City Park avenues, Navarre Street, I-10, and I-610.

To see a large version of the maps, check out the following: