The Riverfront Streetcar began service
along a fairly short route (about two miles) in 1988. It ends
upriver, as does the newer Canal Streetcar, at Esplanade/French Market
Terminal, the location of this photo.
Unlike the other two lines, the Riverfront route passes through no residential districts.
It does serve a great number of tourist and visitor sights, and major commercial
activities, including the cruise
ship terminal, the huge convention center, the hotel and casino district, Riverwalk, downtown shopping, the French Quarter, Jackson Square, and French and
Farmers Markets -- and that is just a partial list. There are a total of
ten stations along the full length of the line.
The French Quarter is out of sight and to the right in this scene.
Part of the downtown skyline -- which is not immensely impressive --
appears in the distance. The two lines run together
until Canal St. After there, the Riverfront line keeps close
to the Mississippi. The Canal Streetcar turns onto its
namesake street, near where the tall buildings are.