44th Annual ARSC Conference (New Orleans, May 19th-22nd 2010)
Travel and Weather Information
From Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl. Airport (MSY):
Traveling from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport on I-10 East, follow the signs to the New Orleans Business District and continue to follow 1-10 East toward Slidell. Exit I-10 East at the Orleans Avenue/Vieux Carre exit. Orleans Avenue becomes Basin Street as it curves toward the French Quarter. Make a left turn from Basin Street onto Iberville Street. Follow Iberville Street into the French Quarter. Go 2 blocks and turn right onto Dauphine Street. The hotel entrance is located on your immediate left.
A cab ride costs approximately $33.00 from the airport to the French Quarter for one or two persons and $14.00 (per passenger) for three or more passengers. Pick-up is on the lower level of the airport, outside the baggage claim area. There may be an additional charge for extra baggage.
Shuttle service is available from the airport to the hotels in the French Quarter for $20.00 (per person, one-way) or $38.00 (per person, round-trip). Three bags per person are allowed. Call 1-866-596-2699 or (504) 522-3500 for more details or to make a reservation. Advance reservations are required 48 hours prior to travel for all ADA accessible transfers. Ticket booths are located on the lower level in the baggage claim area.
By Public Transportation:
The Airport-Downtown Express (E-2) bus provides service from the Louis Armstrong International Airport down Airline Drive to the New Orleans Central Business; the one-way fare is currently $2.00 (fare boxes will accept $1, $5, $10, $20 dollar bills and all U.S. coins.). The bus stop is located outside of airport Entrance #7 on the second level, near the Delta counter, in the median (look for the sign and bench). On weekdays (until approximately 6 p.m.), the E-2 bus will take you from the airport all the way to Tulane and Elk Place, in the New Orleans Central Business District, which is approximately 5-6 blocks from the Chateau Bourbon. To see a close up map of the drop off area, click here. On evenings and weekends, the E2 bus is less frequent and only goes as far as Tulane and Carrollton. To get to downtown New Orleans you would have to catch a New Orleans RTA bus; for more information go to the RTA website at www.norta.com
Valet parking is currently available at the Chateau Bourbon for $28 per day, while the self-park rate is $24 per day (plus applicable taxes); prices are subject to change without notice. Parking within the French Quarter is extremely limited and driving is difficult, especially in the evenings. It is recommended that you enter and exit the hotel from the north and west (Canal Street), rather than driving into the midst of the French Quarter.
Amtrak offers routes to New Orleans from a number of cities across the country. Three trains service the New Orleans area: the City of New Orleans originating in Chicago with stops in Carbondale IL, Memphis, Jackson MS and towns along the way; the Crescent originating in New York City at Penn Station, with stops in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Charlotte, Atlanta, Birmingham, Meridian MS, and towns along the way; and the Sunset Limited originating in Orlando or Los Angeles, with stops in Jacksonville and Pensacola FL, Mobile AL, Biloxi MS, Houston, San Antonio, Tucson, Phoenix, and Palm Springs CA, and towns along the way. Fares, schedules and route maps are available at www.amtrak.com.
The weather in New Orleans during the latter part of May averages 78° during the day and 65° at night, though temperatures in the mid-80s with a high humidity level are also common. Current forecasts and additional meteorological information for the region is available from The Weather Underground.
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