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Crescent City Cruising

A guide to getting around without driving



Public transportation providers

New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA), (504) 248-3900; www.norta.com

Jefferson Parish (East Bank and West Bank) Jefferson Transit (JeT), (504) 818-1077; www.jeffersontransit.org

Chalmette St. Bernard Urban Rapid Transit (SBURT), (504) 277-1907; www.sbpg.net

Note: These providers work independently of each other and no transfers are available from one provider to another. If you leave campus on an RTA bus and need to catch a JeT or SBURT bus, you'll have to pay a separate fare.


Each of these vehicles (read the names on the front of the bus) stops on or directly outside college campuses in New Orleans. Google Transit provides accurate directions to and from places serviced by the RTA. All buses and streetcars listed here are RTA unless otherwise specified.

Delgado Community College-City Park Campus: Jackson-Esplanade, Hayne and Louisiana buses

Dillard University: Broad bus

Nunez Community College: St. Bernard Parish SBURT bus

Our Lady of Holy Cross College: Algiers Owl, General DeGaulle-Sullen, Algiers Local and Algiers Local L.B. Landry buses

Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO): Franklin, Hayne and Louisa buses

Tulane and Loyola universities: Freret and South Claiborne buses, and the St. Charles Avenue RTA streetcar

University of New Orleans (UNO): Elysian Fields, Hayne and St. Bernard Avenue buses

Xavier University: Tulane, Leonidas and Louisiana buses

Tip: Consider buying a one-day bus pass (valid on RTA vehicles only) if you plan to make several stops or will be out for a long time.


Clearview Mall (4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-885-0202; www.clearviewmall.com) has an AMC Palace movie theater (close to a Dollar Tree), a Target and several other stores and restaurants. You can get here by taking JeT's Veterans via the Canal streetcar.

Elmwood Shopping Center (1200 S. Clearview Parkway, Harahan, 504-733-1212) got a major upgrade recently, adding chains like Chipotle, DSW, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Pinkberry, Zoe's Kitchen and Charming Charlie. It also houses an Old Navy, Best Buy, Marshall's, Bath & Body Works and several other retail giants. To get here, catch the Canal streetcar to the cemeteries, then catch JeT's Veterans bus and connect to its Clearview bus.

Lakeside Shopping Center (3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-835-8000; www.lakesideshopping.com) has a bustling food court and 120 stores from national and local retailers. Catch the Canal streetcar to the cemeteries, then take JeT's Veterans bus to get there.

Mid-City Market (401 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-523-0525; www.mid-citymarket.com) is the city's newest retail development comprising mostly restaurants, with a few shops and a Winn-Dixie grocery store as an anchor. Tenants include Felipe's Taqueria, Pinkberry, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Panera Bread, Pei Wei Asian Diner and Pizza Hut. To get here, catch the Canal-City Park/Museum streetcar or the Leonidas bus.

Oakwood Center (197 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 504-361-1550; www.oakwoodcenter.com) is a lot like Lakeside Shopping Center, except Oakwood has an Old Navy. JeT's Lapalco, Westbank Expressway and Terrytown buses all go from downtown New Orleans to the West Bank, where this mall is located across the street from the Wilty Terminal.

The Shops at Canal Place (333 Canal St., 504-522-9200; www.theshopsatcanalplace.com) is known for its lounge-esque movie theater (you can dine and get wine there), Anthropologie, Saks Fifth Avenue and other high-end retailers. Get here via the Canal streetcar and Elysian Fields, Marigny-Bywater and South Claiborne buses.


These are traditional grocery stores close to campus and affordable for college students. Buy a one-day pass so you have time to browse. Catch these buses directly from campus to get there.

From Dillard: Broad bus to Winn-Dixie

From SUNO: Louisa to Winn-Dixie

From Tulane and Loyola: South Claiborne bus or St. Charles streetcar to Robert Fresh Market

From UNO: Hayne bus to Rouses

From Xavier: Leonidas bus to Rouses or Winn-Dixie

For a listing of movie theaters in the area and how to get there on public transit, visit www.bestofneworleans.com.


Metry Cab (504-835-4242; www.metrycab.com)

Nawlins Cab (504-522-9059; www.nawlinscab.com)

United Cab (504-522-9771; www.unitedcabs.com)

St. Bernard Taxi & Delivery (504-271-3311)

Westbank Cab Company (504-368-3300)

Note: Be sure you know the complete address, not just the intersection, of where you are located before calling a cab to take you back to campus. If hailing a cab isn't working, you'll always find cabs outside hotels and casinos.

Biking Resources

Bike Bus (www.bikebusnola.com) is a website that combines public transit and biking directions.

Bike Easy (504-861-4022; www.bikeeasy.org) lists bike paths and helps riders understand biking in New Orleans.

Where Ya' Rack? (www.whereyarack.org) has a map of bike racks in the greater New Orleans area.

Note: With the exception of streetcars, all public transit vehicles in the greater New Orleans area can carry up to two bikes.

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