Streetcars return to New Orleans more than two years after Katrina shut them down
Streetcars followed a marching band down the St. Charles Avenue line in the Garden District of New Orleans Saturday, reported in the Star Tribune.
Hurricane Katrina caused the lines to close more than two years ago. Only some of the line has re-opened, but even this is a definite sign of progress. The sight of the 1920s-era cars is a morale booster for the people.
"It's what makes New Orleans feel like home," said Councilwoman Stacy Head.
Fourteen million dollars was provided by federal highway officials. Mark Major, general manager of the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority, said that money was necessary to resume the streetcar service.