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4:19 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

St. Charles Streetcar Line Named National Historic Landmark

An historic Perley Thomas 900 series streetcar still in operation on the St. Charles Line, one of nine new national historic landmarks announced Tuesday by the Department of the Interior.
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The St. Charles streetcar line is one of nine new national historic landmarks announced Tuesday by the Department of the Interior.

The St. Charles Line has been in operation since 1835, making it the oldest continuously working street railway in the country.

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7:57 am
Thu September 25, 2014

FAA Approves Funding For New Terminal At Louis Armstrong International Airport

A key bundle of federal funds has been approved for the new terminal planned at Louis Armstrong International Airport.

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5:28 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Uber Car Service Allowed To Operate In New Orleans

The New Orleans City Council cleared the way for mobile ride app Uber to operate in the city with a 4-3 vote Thursday.
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After a long campaign to get permission to operate in New Orleans, the Uber car service app will become available for use locally  -- with a minimum fare of $15.

The City Council cleared the way for Uber’s operation with a 4-3 vote on Thursday.

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7:44 am
Fri August 15, 2014

New Orleans City Council Delays Decision On Uber Luxury Car Service

An ice cream truck, out for Uber's ice cream promotion. The ridesharing service has been blocked from entering the New Orleans market.
Credit Malorie Marshall / WWNO

The New Orleans City Council has delayed a decision on allowing luxury limousine service from the cell phone-based company, Uber.

Members decided to revisit the matter at its September 4 meeting.

The company, with support from the mayor’s office, wants to start at least limited service. Uber operates in other cities, where customers book rides from an app.

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12:21 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Ridesharing: A Tale of Two Cities

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 10:12 am

The ridesharing company Uber has gotten a mixed reception in Louisiana. WWNO's Malorie Marshall has been following the company’s foray into New Orleans, where politicians and members of the taxi industry have been resistant.

Meanwhile, Baton Rouge has seized on the opportunity, quickly passing an ordinance that allowed Uber to get rolling in the capitol city in July. A couple weeks later, I opened up Uber’s app on my smartphone to see if I could catch a ride.


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8:01 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Fatal Tugboat Accident At Industrial Canal

 

The Coast Guard says a tugboat captain is dead after the arm of a crane struck a bridge and fell back onto the tug's pilothouse.

The accident happened early Thursday morning on the Industrial Canal north of the Mississippi River in New Orleans.

Authorities say the tugboat was pushing a barge with a crane. The crane's arm struck a drawbridge and fell back on the tug. Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Lally says the drawbridge was open at the time of the accident.

He says the state inspected the bridge and it was reopened to vehicle traffic.

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5:21 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Committee Proposes New Airport Terminal Have Mostly New Orleans-Area Businesses

MSY in 2007
Credit Dieter Karner / Wikimedia Commons

A committee evaluating proposals to build a new terminal at Louis Armstrong International Airport is recommending a joint venture composed largely of New Orleans-area businesses.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the recommendation makes Hunt Gibbs Boh Metro the favorite to land the $546.5 million project.

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7:51 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Community Panel Wants Local Jobs From New Airport Terminal Project

Community groups are pushing the City of New Orleans to make sure local workers get their share of the jobs expected from a half-billion-dollar airport project. Up to 13,000 construction jobs could be created from building a new terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

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4:36 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Public Transit In New Orleans Still Recovering Since Hurricane Katrina

A new report from the non-profit Ride New Orleans highlights the city’s struggles to recover bus service.
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Post-Hurricane Katrina recovery in New Orleans has been a mixed bag. And a new report from the non-profit Ride New Orleans highlights the city’s struggles to recover bus service.

Less than 40 percent of transit service had been restored to the city by 2012, according to the report. And bus lines serving high-need areas like New Orleans East often have wait times of an hour or more.

Those findings were presented in a public panel discussion on Thursday.

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7:47 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Algiers Ferry Hours Extended

A Mississippi River ferry between Canal Street and Algiers Point.
Credit takomabibelot / Flickr

Starting Friday, the ferry between Canal Street and Algiers Point will be adding more than four hours to weekday schedules.

The Algiers Economic Development Foundation says Veolia Transportation plans to run the ferry from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays. It now runs from 7:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays.

Weekend schedules will remain 10:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 10:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Veolia runs the ferries for New Orleans' Regional Transit Authority.

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