Thursday, July 15, 2004

Interest in New Orleans streetcar renewed

New Orleans, home of the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world, had done away with everything but the St. Charles line, which runs through the Garden District. But now a third streetcar line just reopened and perhaps a dozen others--including the famous Desire Street line--are on the planning board.

In New Orleans, which once had 225 miles of streetcar lines, the old cars began disappearing in the 1930s. The St. Charles remained because ridership remained strong over the years.

And here's Blanche's famous line from my favorite play, A Streetcar Named Desire:

“They told me to take a street-car named Desire, and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at–-Elysian Fields.”

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