Buzz2kb Posted January 23, 2011 Report Share Posted January 23, 2011 Despite having much of its fleet decimated by Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans RTA remains one of the most comprehensive TA in the South, and has steadily renewed its fleet during last few years. The bus side of its operation is now totally low-floor, and consists of only two types in 3 lengths, both with Canadian connection. Their first post-Katrina buses are 38 shorty (35-ft.) Orion VII NG's. They retain the old logo but carries a modified livery emphasizing their use of bio-diesel fuel, as depicted bus 181 on Line 16 pictured at Canal Street in the CBD on last December They are followed by up to 75 Orion VII NG's in a totally redesigned livery. They are 40ft. buses, and I really enjoy the livery, which is simple and clean, yet embodying the three main colors of the local Mardi Gras tradition. An example is bus 239 on layover at the Claiborne/Carrollton end of line of the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar, on Line 39. Their latest buses are 4 New Flyer DE60LFR of a revised design (similar to Honolulu's The BUS and Sound Transit's latest artics). They are believed to be the first artics in New Orleans's transit history and are presently used on Line 94 (their busiest bus route). Bus H004 is pictured at Canal/Broad, along the Canal Street streetcar line. As a result, they have easily the largest fleet of Orion VII NG fleet in the Southern US, and maintaining their pre-Katrina brand loyalty to Canadian brands, especially Orion (with the huge Orion V fleet supplemented by New Flyer D40HF's) It is however, their streetcar operations that attracts most nostalgia. Consisting of three lines - St. Chalres Avenue, Canal Street and Riverfront; the first two are among the RTA's busiest lines. Cars 2002, 910 and 457 are the representatives of the streetcars used on these lines. My New Orleans RTA bus gallery is available at http://picasaweb.google.com/Buzz2kb/NewOrleansRTABus , and streetcar gallery at http://picasaweb.google.com/Buzz2kb/NewOrleansRTAStreetcars . Hope that you'll enjoy my pictures! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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