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Oak St. businesses slow to pick up after completion of streetcar construction

  // Sunday, 24 August 2014 11:37 //

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- The big crowds at the Mid-Summer Mardi Gras parade were a welcome sight for Oak Street businesses.

Owners there say streetcar construction has really hurt business, but now that construction is finished they are not seeing the traffic they were expecting.

After three years of construction, the St. Charles Avenue streetcars are finally back in full service, but businesses owners along Oak Street say you would not know it.

"It's picked up a bit, but I don't think it has connected yet with the general public that you don't have change twice just to take the street car all the way up or down," says Hank Staples, the co-owner of the Maple Leaf Bar.

Chiba owner, Keith Dusko, said he relies on streetcar traffic and the tourists it brings to the area, especially during the slow summer months.

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