Riverfront Line Streetcar, New Orleans
The New Orleans trolley system is probably quaint for many midwestern tourists used to smoke belching diesel bus systems. The old fashioned lone overhead wire provides clean DC to railcars running at present along the riverfront line only. I understand that the newly restored St. Charles line cars were heavily damaged by Katrina, and so only the older cars could be readied by X-mas for tourists traffic. Used to the up and down thrill of the San Francisco cable cars, the rusty trolley's didn't arouse much interest for me, except that transport this way to the Garden District and Aububon Park areas would have been nice. Unfortunatelym, that line wasn't running at the time of our visit. Unfortunately too, the riverfront line runs behind, rather than on top, the levee, so views of the water and over the French Quarter are for the most part blocked off. A new metro system for New Orleans is overdue, servicing the neighborhoods of the city, but since the city has downsized to less than two hundred thousand souls, it's hard to imagine the federal government parting with the money to build the system. This may not be so bad actually. Nagin's a hardworking mayor, but the city needs to regrow slowing and hopefully rediscover the potential for fast water transport, which, unlike in Bangkok and Venice, are sadly lacking in New Orleans. A future combined rail and water transport hub at the foot of Canal would be great place to disembark from the boat to the downtown metroline.
You catch this Trolley right at the Ferry landing and can take it all the way to the French Quarter flea market....$1.50 each local fare cash only or $3 for an all day pass.....payable to the friendly conductors....