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Release date: Streetcar named Desire to appeal for donations to the Red Cross

*** Press Release ***

Since 1998 Muni car #952 the “New Orleans Streetcar named Desire” has rumbled along the F-Line route on Market Street and the Embarcadero.  Built in 1923-24 it offers both residents and tourists alike the opportunity to experience a real New Orleans Street car – one that clattered along the Mississippi riverfront, Canal Street or into the Garden District along St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.

With the support and encouragement of Mayor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Market Street Railway (MSR) and the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) are joining with voices raised nationwide encouraging people to show their gratitude and support for the community who provided San Francisco with this historic streetcar.  MTA Acting Executive Director Stuart Sunshine said “It always gives riders a thrill to know that they are experiencing a piece of gracious New Orleans right here in San Francisco.  With that in mind, it is important now to recognize the generosity of the citizens of New Orleans and do all we can to help them rebuild their city”.  Starting tomorrow, car #952 will take on its new role as ambassador for the victims of Katrina bedecked with banners reading:

“Help the People of my Hometown – Donate for New Orleans and all Victims of Katrina  1-800-HELP NOW”

Mayor Gavin Newsom declared “The Streetcar named Desire will serve as a rolling reminder of the long term need for donations to aid in the recovery of the Gulf Coast Region.  San Francisco is committed to helping New Orleans and the entire region recover to its former glory”.

For further information, please contact the Red Cross at 1-800-HELP NOW.

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