We're in New Orleans this week for the APTA Marketing and Communications meeting with agencies across the nation that are looking a ballot initiatives this year including Ann Arbor, King County, Pinellas County, and Austin. New Orleans has a rich history steeped in good food, music, and transit. But did you know that transit gave birth to one of the most iconic New Orleans dishes, the Po' Boy?
In July of 1929 the motormen and conductors of the New Orleans streetcars went on strike following turbulent contract negotiations. The community rallied behind the 1100 employees who operated the streetcar, boycotting the system and donating goods to the strikers.
One restaurant, the Martin Brothers Coffee Stand, had a particularly strong bond with the operators. The brothers were former operators and railway union members themselves. The vowed to feed the "poor boys" through the strike, forever linking transit to the iconic sandwich.