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Streetcar Tour

At present, there are three operating streetcar lines in the Big Easy: The St. Charles Avenue Line, the Riverfront Line, and the Canal Street Line.  Except for an interruption in service due to Hurricane Katrina from  August, 2005 until partial service was restored in December, 2006, the St. Charles Avenue Line is the only line that has operated continuously since the electric streetcars began operating on February 1, 1893.  On June 22, 2008 all of the streetcars were once again running a full schedule.
 
Though there were other lines, they were replaced by bus service from the late 1940s to the early 1960s.  Preservationists were unable to save the streetcars on Canal Street, but were able to convince city leaders to grant historic landmark status to the St. Charles Avenue Line, thus protecting it.  Fortunately, trends began to favor rail transit again in the 1980s and a short Riverfront Line started service in 1988.  Service once again resumed on the Canal Street Line in 2004, forty years after it had been shut down.
 
 
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Tourists are waiting to board the St. Charles Streetcar.
 
 
A passenger view to the front of the streetcar.
Another passenger view while the streetcar is in motion.
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