Date of Award
Urban and Regional Planning
Planning and Urban Studies
The St. Charles streetcar is an important transit line in the city of New Orleans, with about 65,000 people living within a ½ mile walking distance from it. However, the line experiences a very high streetcar/automobile crash rate due in large part to the large number of grade vehicle crossings over the tracks that lack signalization. Through traffic modeling, the closure of many of these vehicle crossings and the diversion of automotive traffic to the remaining, signalized crossings is analyzed to determine traffic impacts on street network. The result is a modest increase in traffic, about 7-8%, at the remaining signalized intersections.
Shah, Vivek B., "The Feasibility of Closing Vehicle Crossings along St. Charles Avenue: A Study of Transit Safety and Performance" (2012). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 1603.