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 Driving and Parking in the City
Taxi Cabs:
It is practical to tour New Orleans without a car. If a car is necessary, remember parking regulations are strictly enforced, especially in the French Quarter. Legal on-street parking is difficult to find in the Central Business District and French Quarter during special events and major holidays. Drivers should consider either reserving parking space in advance or using an alternative means of transportation. The hourly and all-day costs for parking lots and garages vary.
A variety of taxicab companies operate in the city. All taxis must utilize their meters within the city. The meter drop is $3.50 and .30 cents per each one-eighth of a mile traveled.
In the unfortunate event that your vehicle is towed, the tow pound is located at 400 North Claiborne Avenue. Telephone: (504) 658-8284.
Taxis also charge $1.00 per extra passenger. The fare is $7.00 per person or the meter rate (whichever is greater) to and from certain “special events” (such as Jazz Festival site). The rate to or from Louis Armstrong International Airport is $36 for up to two passengers and $15 per person for 3 or more passengers. Taxis are marked with signage that displays these and other rate fees and details.
Getting Around New Orleans
Public Transit
All taxis must be marked with the company’s name and a “CPNC” number. Inside the taxi, passengers will also find the driver’s name and photograph. Taxi cab regulations in New Orleans also require that all taxis are equipped with GPS and a security camera. In the event of a problem, make a note of the company, the driver’s name, CPNC number, date and time. Complaints and questions should be referred to the Taxicab Bureau at City Hall 504-658-7176 or 888-908-4869.
With routes across the city, the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) offers an economical and convenient means for getting around town. The fare is $1.25 for all buses and streetcars. Transfers to another bus route are $.25. The fare for express routes is $1.50. One-day and three-day passes are also available for $3 and $9, respectively. RTA buses are ADA accessible; and with RTA’s new GoMobile app, riders can use their smart phones to pay fares and purchase passes in just seconds.
Ride-Sharing Services
Both Uber and Lyft ride sharing services operate throughout the metropolitan New Orleans area. Users must have the ride sharing programs app downloaded to their mobile device in order to use these services. Make certain that you recognize the make and model of the car picking you up, as well as the name of the driver, his or her star rating, and the license plate of the car. Double check this information against the details provided to you via the app.
RTA has joined neighboring Jefferson Transit (JET) to offer riders an all-day regional pass good for a full 24-hour period for $6, making travel across a large portion of the metro area accessible and convenient. For more information call the RTA Rideline at 504-248-3900 or visit.

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