Want to find out how to get around New Orleans using transit? Need advice on how to advocate for a transportation improvement? Looking for an app to track your bus? Look no further! Ride has compiled a list of resources to help you use and improve transit in New Orleans.

Ride Briefings
Get to Know Your Government: A Transit Advocate’s Guide
Getting Around on Transit

Ride Briefings

Want to find out what the latest city ordinances mean for you or why the ferries are vital to our region? Ride has developed many resources to help you understand public policy and advocate for better public transportation in New Orleans.

Get to Know Your Government: A Transit Advocate’s Guide

Ride New Orleans exists to empower you to make the important changes you want to see in your community. As a result, we have compiled a list of important planning and transportation agencies, as well as their functions, funding sources, and public engagement policy. Use this handbook as a guide to getting your projects off the ground. If you have any questions or would like further assistance on a transportation project, contact Ride New Orleans by phone: 504-345-8360, or email:

New Orleans Regional Planning Commission
New Orleans Department of Public Works
New Orleans Regional Transit Authority
LA Department of Transportation and Development
Additional Government Agencies

Getting Around on Transit

Transit Apps

Transit apps can make your commute smoother and more efficient by providing maps, schedules, and real-time data on bus and streetcar locations. Here are the apps that are designed for New Orleans:

Nola Transit

  • What it does: Provides RTA schedules, real-time bus locations, a system map, nearby stops, and step-by-step directions.
  • Devices: iPhone and iPod touch.
  • Cost: $1.99


  • What it does: Combines transit schedules, service alerts, and delays with updates from users.
  • Devices: iPhone
  • Cost: Free

Transit Tracker

  • What it does: Allows you to select your transit stop and set a reminder for upcoming buses and streetcars.
  • Devices: iPhone and Android
  • Cost: Free


  • What it does: Provides real-time vehicle location & speed, updated every 30 sec.
  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Works best on iPhone 5 or later.
  • Cost: Free

Transit Agencies

New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) – The RTA operates buses and streetcars in Orleans Parish. The Board of the RTA holds a public meeting at 10AM on the fourth Tuesday of each month at their Canal Street office.

  • Buy Jazzy Passes online Need a 1, 3, or 31 day RTA pass? You can now buy passes online and have them delivered to your door. 
  • RTA Trip Planner Use the RTA trip planner to figure out the best bus or streetcar route for you.
  • The RTA website provides schedules and fare information for the Algiers Point/Canal Street Ferry and the Lower Algiers/Chalmette Ferry. The ferries are operated by Veolia Transportation through a contract with RTA.

Jefferson Transit (JeT) – JeT operates buses in Jefferson Parish. Several lines also stop in Orleans Parish either in Midcity or at Canal and Elk Place. JeT currently operates the only public transportation link to the airport.

St.Bernard Urban Rapid Transit (SBURT) – The sole operator of public transportation in St.Bernard Parish. SBURT is a small agency, offering one semi-fixed bus line that provides a connection from St.Bernard to RTA’s St.Claude Bus.

  • Consult SBURTs brochure with the bus schedule, map, and other rider information.