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3/29/2011



Rail News: Passenger Rail

NORTA seeks small business involvement in streetcar expansions


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The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA) will host an information session next month for small and disadvantaged business enterprises to become familiar with the agency’s proposed Union Passenger Terminal (UPT)/Loyola Loop Streetcar and French Quarter expansion projects.

Authority officials are developing the scope of work for the major expansion of UPT/Loyola Loop, which includes construction of a 0.8-mile streetcar line and construction of four streetcar stations. The 12-month project, tentatively slated to break ground in June, has the potential for "significant economic opportunity" for the New Orleans area, NORTA officials said in a prepared statement.

NORTA also is planning a French Quarter expansion project, which will be built in a 2.5-mile segment of the French Quarter between the Canal Streetcar line and Press Street. The project is expected to begin in June 2012.

The information session will be held April 14 to educate small and disadvantaged businesses about the projects, as well as recent changes to the small and disadvantaged business program.


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