Veolia Transportation, which runs the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA), now controls the Algiers-Canal Street and Algiers-Chalmette ferry systems, which were handled by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD). With new managements comes a new fare structure.
The new (cash-only) fares kick in Sunday, Feb. 23. Here's what they look like:
Algiers-Canal Street (one-way): $2 per passenger; $1 for seniors (age 65 and older), and disabled and Medicaid patients (with ID); free to children under 2
Algiers-Chalmette (one-way): $2 per passenger and vehicle driver; $1 extra per additional passenger; $3 for trailers; $1 for seniors (age 65 and older), and disabled and Medicaid patients (with ID); free to children under 2
The ferry times are as follows:
Departures from Lower Algiers to Chalmette:
6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily
Departures from Chalmette to Lower Algiers:
6:15 a.m.-8:45 p.m. daily
Departures from Algiers to Canal Street:
7:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7:15 a.m.- 7:45 p.m. Friday; 10:45 a.m.-7:45 p.m. Saturday; 10:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Sunday
Departures from Canal Street to Algiers:
7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
The ferries do not run on extended hours, which residents and groups requested Veolia, the RTA, the state and local authorities restore following drastic budget cuts (and the dismantling of funds from the built-in Crescent City Connection tolls). In July 2013, the ferries — which used to run until midnight, free of charge to pedestrians — stopped service at 8:15 p.m. on weekends and 6:45 p.m. weekdays.
In August 2013, the RTA board approved a new fare plan to keep the ferries afloat, but negotiations stalled any forward progress. Officials revealed the new fare plan today.