New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA)

New Orleans, LA 70119


About New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA)


2817 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70119

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The Regional Transit Authority gets people moving around New Orleans. Our transit services bring hard-working commuters to their jobs, students to their schools, and fun-seekers to entertainment, shopping areas, and restaurants. We provide mobility to residents of the city as well as to large numbers of tourists, taking them to and from their hotels to historical neighborhoods and countless attractions. In fact, many visitors (and locals) ride the RTA’s iconic streetcars simply for the fun of it. In this way, the RTA is a destination in itself. Our streetcars and buses are both a symbol of the city and an essential part of it.

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New Orleans RTA names Justin Cayless as chief transit officer

April 15, 2024
The agency says Cayless is known for his effectiveness with cross-functional teams and developing solutions to meet customer needs.
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New Orleans RTA's new hybrid buses to be equipped with Allison eGen Flex propulsion system

March 21, 2024
The eGen Flex® electric hybrid propulsion system will allow New Orleans RTA to reduce its emissions and increase its efficiency.
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New Orleans commits to identifying $3 million required to maintain NORTA ferry service levels

Dec. 15, 2023
The city issued a letter of intent, which will enable the transit operator to continue operating ferry service at current levels in 2024.
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New Orleans RTA commemorates 100th anniversary of Perley A. Thomas streetcar

Nov. 2, 2023
The Perley A. Thomas streetcar began servicing the New Orleans RTA in the early 192os on the St. Charles Streetcar line, which is the oldest operating streetcar line in the world...

APTA EXPO 2023 Women in Transit reception features VTA and RTA leadership

Santa Clara VTA General Manager and CEO Carolyn Gonot and New Orleans RTA CEO Lona Edwards Hankins spoke at the Women in Transit reception at the APTA Expo 2023.

New Orleans RTA Board of Commissioners approves update to agency’s Strategic Mobility Plan

Sept. 27, 2023
The five-year plan outlines the RTA’s direction, investments and capital projects.

New Orleans RTA, IBEW ratify new four-year labor agreement

Sept. 8, 2023
The four-year agreement is effective through June 2027 and includes pay increases and additional paid time off.
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The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority celebrated the opening of the new $43.5 million Canal Street Ferry Terminal on Aug. 23, 2023.
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New Orleans RTA celebrates completion of Canal Street Ferry Terminal

Aug. 24, 2023
The project costs $43.5 million and will provide services between Canal Street and Algier Point.

New Orleans RTA extends service in St. Bernard Parish to Nunez Community College

June 6, 2023
The route will now continue along West Judge Perez Drive to Paris Road and to the Nunez Community College campus.

New Orleans City Council approves RTA BRT East-West Bank Corridor project resolution

March 24, 2023
With approval from the New Orleans City Council, New Orleans RTA will be able to apply for federal funding through the Federal Transit Administration’s CIG Program.

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Lona Edwards Hankins has been named CEO of New Orleans Regional Transit Authority; she has been serving as interim CEO since December 2022.

Lona Edwards Hankins named CEO of New Orleans Regional Transit Authority

Edwards Hankins joined New Orleans RTA in 2019 as chief of infrastructure and long-term planning and has served as interim CEO since December 2022.
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The Belford Ferry is one of two ferry projects in New Jersey to receive funding from FTA.
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FTA awards more than $384 million to improve passenger ferry operations

Jan. 27, 2023
The funding will go to 23 projects in 11 states with the money coming from three competitive grant programs.
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Alex Z. Wiggins will retire as CEO of New Orleans RTA effective Dec. 31, 2022.

Alex Wiggins to retire from New Orleans RTA at end of December

Dec. 8, 2022
Wiggins 38-year transit career includes leadership roles in Chicago, Seattle, Southern California before he became RTA’s first publicly appointed CEO.
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Kevin Hozendorf presents 2022 Rail Safety Gold Award to British Columbia Rapid Transit Company, left, and the 2022 Rail Security Gold Award to Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works, Miami-Dade Transit.
Safety & Security

APTA recognizes four systems with 2022 Rail Safety and Security Excellence Awards

June 8, 2022
Rail systems in Miami, Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Vancouver, British Columbia, earned accolades for their innovative and proactive safety and security initiatives.
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New Orleans RTA officials including CEO Alex Wiggins (back center) visited Louisiana State Penitentiary's auto mechanic program. New Orleans RTA is partnering with JOB1 NOLA and the Louisiana Workforce Commission to recruit mechanics and technicians from the program.

New Orleans RTA enters second phase of its second chance hiring initiative

The program provides training for non-violent releasing individuals who successfully complete the requirements and trial employment at New Orleans RTA, which can transition into...
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New Orleans RTA to hire automotive technology program graduates from Louisiana State Penitentiary

The transit authority is partnering with JOB1 Career Solutions to create a job training program for non-violent offenders who have completed a mechanic apprenticeship program....
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Mike Smith, Chief Safety Officer, New Orleans RTA
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2021 40 Under 40: Mike Smith

Nov. 23, 2021
Mike Smith, Chief Safety Officer, New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA)
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New Orleans RTA to mandate vaccines for all employees

July 26, 2021
New Orleans RTA CEO says the decision was made to protect the health and safety of operators, administrative employees and riders.
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Alex Wiggins. RTA CEO, New Orleans Native and saxophone musician, poses with his saxophone on the Historic St. Charles Streetcar alignment.

New Orleans RTA Brings Operations In-House to Focus on Service Delivery and Equity

March 23, 2021
With an entirely new leadership team on board, New Orleans RTA took the reins of the agency in December 2020 and is focused on providing world-class service for all New Orleans...
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
JTA will use its Ferry Grant Program funds to overhaul the Jean Ribault vessel that is part of the authority's St. Johns River Ferry service.
Water Transportation

FTA awards $47.5 million in ferry grants to 12 projects

July 27, 2020
The funds will be used to purchase, replace or rehabilitate passenger ferries, terminals and related infrastructure and equipment.

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New Orleans RTA forms new partnership with Transit app

Dec. 29, 2022
RTA joins transit systems worldwide that use Transit app for riders to plan, track and pay for their trips without downloading a new app while traveling.
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New Orleans RTA launches FLEX on-demand pilot program

Aug. 23, 2022
The program aims to increase service for riders with disabilities in New Orleans East.

New Orleans RTA launches new DBE certification portal

July 11, 2022
The new system, which replaces the manual process, highlights the agency's efforts to use innovation and technology to increase efficiency and convenience for riders and partners...
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New Orleans RTA reaches four-year agreement with ATU Local 1560

June 29, 2022
RTA says the new agreement includes a pay and benefits package that keeps operators among the highest paid in the southwest and southeast regions.
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New Orleans RTA launches BRT study survey

April 25, 2022
The study will determine route options connecting New Orleans East and Westbank communities to jobs and services.
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New Orleans RTA introduces newly designed paratransit vehicles into revenue service

April 8, 2022
The paratransit vehicles feature the new purple and grey design, which will complement the 41 new fixed-route buses.
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New Orleans RTA hosts first annual State of RTA

March 7, 2022
In 2022, RTA plans to continue the momentum of its 2021 accomplishments with the implementation of the New Links network redesign which will work to improve connectivity in New...
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New Orleans RTA will implement a permanent new fare structure effective Jan. 1, 2022.
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New Orleans RTA revises fare structure

Dec. 20, 2021
The simplified new fare structure is designed to offer financial relief and incentivize pass sales for multimodal trips.

New Orleans RTA names operator of the year, maintenance employee of the year

Dec. 16, 2021
The agency is aiming to build a culture of recognition focused on the key values of customer service, innovation, equity, safety and world class riding experience.