USA: A groundbreaking ceremony for the North Rampart Street/St Claude Avenue Streetcar Project in New Orleans took place on January 28.

The 2·6 km on-street route will connect the French Quarter and Treme to the Canal Street and Loyola Avenue lines, with six stops. The project includes a cycle lane along the route.

‘Connecting workers, residents and visitors to the streetcar system is our primary goal’, according to New Orleans Regional Transit Authority Chairman Salvador Longoria.

Archer Western Construction is lead construction contractor under a $41·2m contract. Aecom undertook design work, and construction management is being provided by Parsons Brinckerhoff. Services will operate using the modern heritage-style trams used on the Canal Street and Loyola Avenue routes. Completion is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.