NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -
After three years of work, construction on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line is finally finished, but the road to today was a bumpy one for passengers and local businesses.
During the past year, Darren Campobello learned to build in extra time to his schedule to catch the streetcar to work. It was an inconvenience, he says, that he wasn't sure would ever end. "Nobody could tell you when man, so we were just like yeah, come on," said Campobello.
Three years after the project first started, the lines are now re-done. Campobello and other riders will no longer have to switch from the streetcar to a bus at the portions of the road closed down for construction. Rider Kenisha Connor says, "It's very relieving, faster, better, way better."
The Regional Transit Authority admits the project dragged on at times, citing contractor issues, bad weather and even Mardi Gras.