You’ll find New Orleans is pretty easy to navigate by walker, wheelchair or scooter. Whether you’re traveling by bus, streetcar, cab, or even taking a self-guided tour, there are plenty of ways to get from A to B.
The New Orleans Regional Transport Authority (RTA) has incorporated necessary features and equipment on all buses to allow persons with disabilities to travel comfortably.
RTA Bus features include:
The streetcar experience is also feasible for handicapped travelers. The red streetcars that travel on the Canal Street, Riverfront and Rampart-St. Claude lines are accessible for handicapped passengers. (Unfortunately, the green streetcars on the St. Charles Avenue line are National Historic Landmarks and were not equipped for persons requiring mobility devices.)
Red streetcar features include:
If you have a disability that prevents you from riding the standard bus or streetcar transportation system, you may qualify for paratransit rides. A bus or minivan will pick you up and drop you off at just about any location in New Orleans. Click here for more information on how to apply for the RTA paratransit system and click here for more information on riding the bus or streetcar with a disability.
Cabs in New Orleans are affordable and easy to find, especially Downtown and in the French Quarter. Most standard cabs in the city have plenty of room for storing wheelchairs and significantly more wheelchair accessible cabs are being introduced to the city. Click here for a list of cab companies with wheelchair accessible options like ramps and lifts.
Handicapped Placards for Rental Cars
If you choose to rent a car, you can apply for a handicapped placard by calling 504-483-4610.
For getting to and from the airport, you can reserve a wheelchair accessible Airport Shuttle by calling 504-522-3500 or reserving a vehicle online at www.airportshuttleneworleans.com. Reserving transportation is recommended but if you are in need of wheelchair accessible service after your arrival, you can call toll free number 866-596-2699.
Most tour companies including the popular red Hop-on-Hop-Off sightseeing buses have some handicapped accessible buses. Just call ahead for more information.
The good thing about New Orleans is that most of our attractions are in close proximity. The not-so-good thing is that roots from ancient Live Oak roots have caused some curbs and sidewalks in the city to become a tad bumpy and uneven.