New Orleans' streetcars return, another sign of Katrina recovery

  • Updated: November 10, 2007 - 5:37 PM

NEW ORLEANS - Amid a Carnival-like atmosphere, streetcars began rolling past the historic mansions in the Garden District on Saturday for the first time since Hurricane Katrina halted the St. Charles Avenue line more than two years ago.

While only about half of the line is reopened, many see the return of the 1920s-era cars as a sign of progress in the city's recovery -- and a morale booster.

Federal highway officials provided $14 million that Mark Major, general manager of the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority, said was key to the resumption of the service.

A marching band led the streetcars down to the Lee Circle loop, and revelers dotted the oak-lined avenue.

"It's what makes New Orleans feel like home," said Councilwoman Stacy Head.

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