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New streetcar line is just about ready to roll

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Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:03 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Jan 19, 2013 12:00 PM
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NEW ORLEANS - After months of construction, road closures and flying dust, New Orleans is about ready to open its new streetcar line near the Superdome - just in time for the Super Bowl.

The Regional Transit Authority says an opening ceremony will be Jan. 28. That's when teams arrive and out-of-state visitors are expected to start heading to New Orleans

Crews have worked for months to lay tracks through one of the business district's busiest corridors to connect by trolley the French Quarter and the Superdome. The transit authority pegs the total cost at about $52 million - some $7 million more than projected.

Record crowds are expected for the Feb. 3 game. The city has been preparing for months by fixing streets, planting trees and giving the airport a multi-million-dollar makeover.

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