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Handicap Accessible Transport

Handicap Accessible Transportation

Handicap Accessible Transport

Even with the most historic streets and architecture in the country, New Orleans is an accessible destination for handicapped travellers. Whether you’re travelling by bus, streetcar, cab, or even taking a self guided tour, there are plenty of ways to get from A to B. Check out our handicap friendly options to plan your travel process before arriving for your visit.


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 capability to “kneel,” or tilt themselves closer to the curb
  • Ramps that fold out to make a bridge between the bus and the curb
  • Areas where wheelchairs can be secured
  • Priority seating areas
  • Automatic announcements for bus stops and permission to bring service animals on board for visually impaired passengers

Street Cars

The streetcar experience is also feasible for handicapped travellers. The green streetcars that run down the St. Charles Avenue line are not equipped for persons requiring mobility devices. However, the red streetcars that travel on the Canal Street and Riverfront lines are accessible for handicapped passengers.

Red streetcar features include:

  • Lifts that elevate riders and allow them to board
  • Areas where wheelchairs can be secured
  • Priority seating areas

If you have a disability that prevents you from riding the standard bus or streetcar transportation system, you may qualify for paratransit rides, with which 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 and Rental Cars

Cabs in New Orleans are affordable and easy to find, especially Downtown 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.

If you choose to rent a car, you can also apply for a handicapped placard by calling (504) 483-4610.

Airport Shuttles

For getting to and from the airport, you can reserve a wheelchair accessible vehicle to transport you from Airport Shuttle New Orleans by calling (504) 522-3500 or reserving a vehicle online at 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.

City Streets

The best part about touring New Orleans is that most of its attractions are in close proximity. Always be careful when navigating the streets, as the city’s history and climate have caused some curbs and sidewalks to be uneven. The French Quarter has some cobblestone streets, but most everything is within walking distance. There are always lots of pedestrians, and traffic is slow moving. Other neighborhoods like Uptown and the Garden District may have bumpy sidewalks. However, they tend to have wide streets with plenty of room to navigate around any rough patches.

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