New RTA bus lines

After years of planning and preparation, RTA has launched a wholesale bus system designed to please some passengers and irritate others. Many frequent bus riders say it’s difficult, confusing, and upsets some people, but not all. This system was put in place to expedite the average commute and facilitate rider access to Jefferson Parish. Yvonne Watts often takes the bus and she feels that made things more complex. While people are learning about the new routes, the bus ticket is free until Wednesday, September 28. Karla Williams lives in Algiers and before the route changes, she would only have to walk a block to get to her bus stop. But now she has to walk six blocks and wake up two hours early just to get to work on time. “I have to take the bus to the terminal, once I got to the bus to the terminal, I have to wait for this bus to arrive, when this bus arrives, then I have to take the bus here and wait for another one,” said Williams. “It’s too many different buses.” The change comes as the agency tries to recover from a huge drop in ridership in 2020. Many users say it’s just something people have to get used to. , passengers can ride all RTA buses, trams and the Algiers-Point Canal Street ferry for free to help passengers adjust to the new routes. Those who need help planning their trip can call the Rideline from the RTA at 504-248-3900 or plan their trip using the RTA’s Trip Planner at www.norta.com. ”

After years of planning and preparation, RTA has launched a wholesale bus system designed to please some passengers and irritate others. Many frequent bus riders say it’s difficult, confusing, and upsets some people, but not everyone.

This system was put in place to speed up the average ride and make it easier for runners to get to Jefferson Parish.

Yvonne Watts often takes the bus and she feels that made things more complex.

While people are learning about the new routes, the bus ticket is free until Wednesday, September 28.

Karla Williams lives in Algiers and before the route changes, she would only have to walk a block to get to her bus stop. But now she has to walk six blocks and wake up two hours early just to get to work on time.

“I have to take the bus to the terminal, once I got to the bus to the terminal, I have to wait for this bus to arrive, when this bus arrives, then I have to take the bus here and wait for another one,” said Williams. “It’s too many different buses.”

The change comes as the agency attempts to recover from a huge drop in ridership in 2020.

Many runners say it’s just something people have to get used to.

RTA released the following statement: “During the transition period, passengers can use all RTA buses, trams and the Algiers-Point Canal Street ferry free of charge to help passengers adapt to the new routes. Those who have need help planning their trip can call the RTA Rideline at 504-248-3900 or plan their trip using the RTA Trip Planner at www.norta.com.”

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