Jan 062014
 
The New Orleans RTA is making good on their promise not to let streetcar track repairs interfere with the Phunny Phorty Phellows ride. (via Twitter)

The New Orleans RTA is making good on their promise not to let streetcar track repairs interfere with the Phunny Phorty Phellows ride. (via Twitter)

Although most passengers on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line will be taking shuttles through the construction zone this year, the Phunny Phorty Phellows aren’t “most passengers” — and their ride tonight will proceed as normal, officials say.

“They will roll,” said RTA spokeswoman Patrice Bell Mercadel. “We make special accommodations to get them through the work zone.”

The RTA has been working with the group for several weeks to make sure the tradition is not disrupted, though riders may be switching tracks at some point on the line to make the complete ride, Mercadel said.

The Phunny Phorty Phellows begin their ride at the Willow Street car barn at 7 p.m. and head down Carrollton and St. Charles to Canal Street, then return.

Similar questions arose about the ride in 2013, and RTA took to Twitter to assure revelers, “We would never mess with tradition.”

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  • Angie Peckham

    I’ve been wondering about that. I’ve also been wondering if the streetcars will be running from Claiborne to Napoleon, as they have in previous years, once the Mardi Gras parades begin.