Popular transit: RTA lines see boost after April's service expansion _lowres

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--RTA plans to expand the Canal St. Streetcar line down Canal Blvd. in New Orleans, La. Monday, Feb. 23, 2015.

The Regional Transit Authority will be expanding service on more than 20 bus and streetcar lines and adding an express shuttle to the airport on April 17 as part of a $4.4 million service enhancement.

The RTA board approved the changes at a meeting Tuesday.

The changes, which include adding 24-hour service to nine routes, are the second time in two years the transit agency has significantly expanded its service.

The changes, which amount to about $10 million a year overall, will be paid for from increased sales tax revenue and other sources.

The changes, which include adjustments to the routes for some lines, expand the frequency of service both to the Central Business District and in some less-served areas such as Gentilly and New Orleans East.

Overnight service will begin on these lines: No. 39 Tulane, No. 47 Canal-Cemeteries Streetcar, No. 52 St. Bernard-Paris Avenue, No. 55 Elysian Fields, No. 63 New Orleans East Owl, No. 84 Galvez, No. 88 St. Claude, No. 94 Broad and No. 114 Gen. de Gaulle-Sullen.

Early morning service to Canal Street also will be added on the No. 62 Morrison Express, No. 64 Lake Forest Express, No. 101 Algiers Point, No. 102 Gen. Meyer and No. 115 Gen. DeGaulle-Sullen lines.

A new route will be started connecting downtown New Orleans directly to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. It will be aimed initially at workers involved in the construction of the new airport terminal.