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RTA Cuts Back On Service In Response To Coronavirus Spread

A Canal Street streetcar.
Nina Feldman
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WWNO

The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will begin reducing the frequency of buses, streetcars and ferries to help minimize the community spread of COVID-19, according to a press release.

The changes are as follows:

Buses and streetcars

Monday through Friday, fixed-route buses and streetcars will operate on a Saturday schedule.

Weekend service remains unchanged.

Paratransit services

Paratransit services will continue to operate as normal.

RTA will be “prioritizing reservations with life-sustaining reservations taking precedence.” The authority is asking riders to limit the number of trips for recreation.

Ferries

The Algiers Point/Canal Street Ferry will operate seven days a week, 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Chalmette Ferry schedule will remain on the usual schedule.

Schedules and details can be found on the RTA website.

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As Coastal Reporter, Travis Lux covers flood protection, coastal restoration, infrastructure, the energy and seafood industries, and the environment. In this role he's reported on everything from pipeline protests in the Atchafalaya swamp, to how shrimpers cope with low prices. He had a big hand in producing the series, New Orleans: Ready Or Not?, which examined how prepared New Orleans is for a future with more extreme weather. In 2017, Travis co-produced two episodes of TriPod: New Orleans at 300 examining New Orleans' historic efforts at flood protection. One episode, NOLA vs Nature: The Other Biggest Flood in New Orleans History, was recognized with awards from the Public Radio News Directors and the New Orleans Press Club. His stories often find a wider audience on national programs, too, like NPR's Morning Edition, WBUR's Here and Now, and WHYY's The Pulse.

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