Location & Climate in New Orleans
New Orleans is located in southeastern Louisiana and straddles the Mississippi River. The city and Orleans Parish (equivalent to a county) are contiguous and bordered by the parishes of St. Tammany to the north, St. Bernard to the east, Plaquemines to the south and Jefferson to the south and west. Lake Pontchartrain, part of which is included in the city limits, lies to the north and Lake Borgne lies to the east.
New Orleans has three modes of public transportation available to residents and tourists: buses, streetcars, and ferries. Streetcars have been an integral part of the city’s public transportation network since the 19th century. The St. Charles Avenue line is the oldest continuously operating street railway system in the world. Other fixed streetcar lines include the Riverfront line, Canal Street line and, the recently completed, Loyola Avenue line.
The Canal Street/Algiers Ferry connects the Central Business District and the French Quarter on the East Bank of the Mississippi to the Algiers neighborhood on the West Bank of the Mississippi. The ferry has been in regular service since 1827 and departs from the East Bank on the quarter and three quarters hour, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
More than 200 of the Regional Transit Authority’s (RTA) 370 buses were wiped out by the flooding following Hurricane Katrina. Over the past decade, the RTA has replaced those buses that were lost as well as the rest of its aging fleet with a new biodiesel fleet.