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.