St. Charles Line on Canal

When streetcar service was reduced to a sole line in New Orleans in 1964, the only rail activity anywhere on Canal  St. was along a single block, a single track used by the St. Charles line in reversing directions.  It was an ignoble state of affairs for a thoroughfare considered to be the widest street in any of the country's downtown areas.  Unit #934 in this view is almost ready to turn outbound off Canal on that block in this 2007 view.  The newer rails to the left are used by the restored Canal Streetcar.

New Orleans was one of the last major cities in the country to have its transportation system come under public ownership.  That event didn't happen until 1983, when New Orleans Public Service, Inc. (NOPSI) became a part of history.  The replacing NORTA is a component of the government of the state of Louisiana.

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