Posted: Aug 8, 2011 9:06 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Regional Transit Authority is near the end of a two-year, $5 million project to install 210 bus and streetcar shelters across New Orleans.
The Times-Picayune reported that 202 shelters have been installed.
With about 11 percent of the stops covered, planning director Stefan Marks says there will be more shelters.
Busy routes get priority, if a shelter is feasible. Marks said that RTA tries not to put shelters in front of houses unless there's a pressing need.
Marks said the new shelters are so strong that nobody was hurt when an old building wall collapsed onto one.
A "super shelter" with 22 feet of benches is planned at the end of the St. Charles streetcar line, where people transfer between streetcars and buses.