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New Orleans councilmembers, residents continue push for dedicated streetcar lanes | The Advocate

As the New Orleans Regional Planning Authority continues plans for a streetcar line on North Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue, the City Council and residents are continuing their push to have one lane of those roadways dedicated to the new line.

In addition, District C Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer, who also serves as chairwoman of the Transportation Committee, on Friday told RTA officials that she would like to see a bicycle lane put on both sides of the thoroughfare, rather than only the Uptown-bound side, which plans call for.

Design work on the line that will run between Canal Street and Elysian Fields Avenue is about 60 percent done, RTA officials have said. The agency expects work to begin in early 2014 and wrap toward the middle of 2015. The RTA expects the line will cost $75 million, which will be paid for with bonds...

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