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New ferry hours and fares 

Shorter service hours, cash-only fares draw criticism

  Veolia Transportation, which runs the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA), announced its new cash-only fare structure and hours for the Algiers-Canal Street and Algiers-Chalmette ferry systems, which went into place Feb. 23.

   Algiers-Canal Street: $2 per passenger each way; $1 for seniors (age 65 and older), and disabled and Medicaid patients (with ID); free to children under 2. Departures from Algiers to Canal Street are 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; and 10:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Sunday. Departures from Canal Street to Algiers are 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; and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

   Algiers-Chalmette: $2 per passenger and vehicle driver each way; $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. Departures from Lower Algiers to Chalmette are 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily; departures from Chalmette to Lower Algiers are 6:15 a.m.-8:45 p.m. daily.

  Ferry management previously was handled by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. 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. Residents and neighborhood groups asked for the hours to be lengthened following budget cuts and the loss of funds from the Crescent City Connection tolls, which were ended by voters last year. Among the critics of the shorter operating hours are French Quarter workers who live in Algiers, as well as some Algiers Point businesses that say they've seen a dropoff in visitors.

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