Starting next week, daytime buses on South Claiborne Avenue and nighttime buses on Jackson Avenue will run more frequently as part of a series of upgrades to New Orleans bus service around the city for 2014, officials said.
The Claiborne Avenue bus, which runs from South Carrollton Avenue down to Poydras, will have buses every 30 minutes throughout the day, the RTA announced. Previously, the Claiborne bus ran at 30-minute intervals during the morning until 9 a.m. and in the afternoon from around 2 to 5 p.m., but slowed to hourly service between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The new schedule will add buses every 30 minutes between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
The Jackson-Esplanade bus, which runs from Jackson and Tchoupitoulas down O.C. Haley Boulevard, Baronne and Rampart to Esplanade, will receive hourly trips after 7 p.m. on weekdays and 8 p.m. on weekends. That’s an increase from the 2013 schedule that had nighttime buses running every two hours on the route.
The service changes go into effect Monday (Jan. 5, 2014). The RTA is planning public hearings this year on further increasing bus service.
Meanwhile, the St. Charles Avenue streetcar remains under construction. Shuttle buses will carry passengers between Louisiana and Jefferson avenues, where the maintenance work is ongoing.