New Orleans, Louisiana







Notable buildings

New Orleans' tallest building is the 51-story One Shell Square. The approved 67-story Trump International Hotel & Tower will be the tallest building in the city and state if built at the proposed height of 700 feet (213 m). New Orleans is now entering what could become a large downtown residential building boom, with multiple high-rise towers already planned for the city.

Tallest buildings




One Shell Square


697 feet (212 m)

Place St. Charles


645 feet (197 m)

Crescent City Towers (former Plaza Tower)


531 feet (162 m)

Energy Centre


530 feet (162 m)

LL&E Tower (now 909 Poydras Building)


481 feet (147 m)

Sheraton New Orleans


479 feet (146 m)

New Orleans Marriott


449 feet (137 m)

Texaco Center


442 feet (135 m)

One Canal Place


440 feet (134 m)

1010 Common


438 feet (134 m)




Main article: Streetcars in New Orleans

There are three active streetcar lines moved by electric motors powered by DC wires overhead. The St. Charles line (green cars, connecting New Orleans with the once independent suburb of Carrollton) is the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in New Orleans and a historic landmark. The Riverfront line (also known as the Ladies in Red since the cars are painted red) runs parallel to the river from Canal Street through the French Quarter to the Convention Center above Julia Street in the Arts District. The Canal Street line uses the Riverfront line tracks from Esplanade Street to Canal Street, then branches off down Canal Street and ends at the cemeteries at City Park Avenue with a spur running from the intersection of Canal and Carrollton Avenue to the entrance of City Park at Esplanade near the entrance to the New Orleans Museum of Art.

The city's streetcars were also featured in the Tennessee Williams play, A Streetcar Named Desire. The streetcar line to Desire Street became a bus line in 1948. There are proposals to revive a Desire streetcar line, running along the neutral grounds of North Rampart and St. Claude, as far downriver as Poland Avenue, near the Industrial Canal.

As of December 2006, the St. Charles streetcar line is only running between Canal Street and Lee Circle (the portion of the line in the Central Business District). Work is still underway to restore the St. Charles line out to Napoleon Avenue by Labor Day, with the whole line complete by the end of 2007. The Canal line is functioning, but the red cars were flooded by the hurricane, so the historic green cars are currently running on not only the St. Charles line, but also the Riverfront and Canal lines. The first of the red cars to be restored is expected to return to the Canal line by Summer 2007.


Public transportation in the city is operated by New Orleans Regional Transit Authority ("RTA"). There are many bus routes connecting the city and suburban areas. The Jefferson Parish Department of Transit Administration [10] operates Jefferson Transit [11] which provides service between the city and its suburbs.

Proposed Light Rail

Recently, many have proposed extending New Orleans's public transit system by adding light rail routes from downtown along Airline Highway through the airport to Baton Rouge and from downtown to Slidell and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Proponents of this idea claim that these new routes would boost the region's economy, which has been badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina, and serve as an evacuation option for hospital patients out of the city.



New Orleans has two main interstate highways, Interstate 10 (I-10) and Interstate 610 (I-610). I-10 runs east-west through the city, and traverses the northern edge of the Central Business District. I-610 provides a direct shortcut for traffic passing through New Orleans via I-10, allowing that traffic to bypass I-10's southward curve. In the future, New Orleans will have another interstate highway, as I-49 is currently being extended from Lafayette to New Orleans.

The two main U.S. highways passing through New Orleans are U.S. 90 and U.S. 61. U.S. 90 runs along Jefferson Highway/S. Claiborne Avenue, Broad Street, and Gentilly Blvd./Chef Menteur Highway. U.S. 61 runs across Airline Hwy/Tulane Ave.

The tolled Crescent City Connection is New Orleans' major bridge across the Mississippi River, providing a connection between I-10 on the north side of the river and the Westbank Expressway on the south side of the river.

Other bridges that cross the Mississippi River in the New Orleans area are the Huey P. Long Bridge, over which U.S. 90 crosses the river and the Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge which carries Interstate 310.

The Twin Spans, a five mile causeway bridge in extreme eastern New Orleans carries Interstate 10 across Lake Pontchartrain, connecting New Orleans and suburban Slidell.

Also in eastern New Orleans, Interstate 510/LA 47 goes across the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet/Intracoastal Waterway via the Paris Road Bridge, connecting eastern New Orleans and suburban Chalmette.

The tolled Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, consisting of two parallel bridges, are also the longest bridges in the world. Built in the 1960s, the bridges connect New Orleans with its suburbs on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain.


The metropolitan area is served by Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, located in the suburb of Kenner. New Orleans also has several regional airports located throughout the metropolitan area. These include the Lakefront Airport, the military base in the suburb of Belle Chase Louisiana, and "Southern Seaplane" also located in Belle Chase. Southern Seaplane has a 3,200 foot runway for wheeled planes and a 5,000 foot water runway for seaplanes.


The city is served by rail via Amtrak. The New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal is the central rail depot, and it is served by three trains: the Crescent, the City of New Orleans, and the Sunset Limited.

In addition, the city is served by six of the seven Class I freight railroads in North America: Union Pacific Railroad, BNSF Railway, Norfolk Southern Railway, CSX, the Canadian National Railway and the Kansas City Southern Railway. The New Orleans Public Belt provides interchange services between the railroads.