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St Charles Streetcar

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St Charles Streetcar

Hi guys,

Visiting NOLA for first time in Dec, everyone seems to recommend riding the St Charles Streetcar, have just been looking at the norta.com site, and the streetcar only seems to run from St Charles at Louisiana to Carrollton at S. Claiborne, and doesn't go through the French Quarter is this correct?

But then there appears to be a St Charles Shuttebus that runs Canal at Carondelet to St Charles at Louisiana.

So do you have to get the shuttlebus then transfer to the actual streetcar?

How far do you suggest riding the streetcar in the Garden District, all the way, is the main street the car runs on a good places to see lovely houses, or should we venture futhur afield?

thanks

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1. Re: St Charles Streetcar

"the streetcar only seems to run from St Charles at Louisiana to Carrollton at S. Claiborne, and doesn't go through the French Quarter is this correct?"

Yes.

"But then there appears to be a St Charles Shuttebus that runs Canal at Carondelet to St Charles at Louisiana. So do you have to get the shuttlebus then transfer to the actual streetcar?"

Yes.

"How far do you suggest riding the streetcar in the Garden District".

Refer back to your paragraph 1 above; the streetcar doesn't traverse the Garden District at all right now; you transfer to it at Louisiana Ave. I would suggest riding the available portion of the line all the way. Yes, there are some nice homes along the way.

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2. Re: St Charles Streetcar

Normally, the St Charles Streetcar runs all the way to Canal Street, directly across from the French Quarter, but there is construction going on at the present time and that is why you have to take a free connecting bus. One suggestion is to take the St Charles streetcar to Carrollton where there are a number of restaurants for lunch. On the way back, get off at Washington Street and then you can either take a free tour of the Garden District by using info from the Frommer's website, or you can arrange a guided tour. Either way, this itinerary is well worth a day in New Orleans.

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3. Re: St Charles Streetcar

This construction could change any day. The routes will be finished in a few weeks but it's hard to say exactly when the buses will go away and the streetcars will return to their normal routes. Not a big deal, though, as our buses are all new and air conditioned. Quite nice!

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4. Re: St Charles Streetcar

This isn't really all that complicated. There are portions of the St Charles streetcar line undergoing track renovation. Where the track repairs preclude streetcar travel, buses run in their place. You simply ride the bus in place of the streetcar. The streets the buses run on are right next to the tracks the streetcars run on. Just get on the first passing vehicle labeled "ST CHARLES"; if you are told to get off that vehicle, get off and board the next vehicle heading in the same direction labeled "St Charles". It's really pretty intuitive.

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5. Re: St Charles Streetcar

It is a cheap thrill. No it does not go through the French Quarter. The streets are to narrow. I would ride all the way to the end and ride it back. They just turn the seats around. Nice ride through on of the nicer parts of New Orleans

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