The fight to save our ferries continues. Significant service cuts took place in July creating severe challenges for commuters and businesses alike. The service cuts are the State’s temporary solution to keep ferry service going while the State works with the Regional Transit Authority to transition ferry service to our local transit agency.
As you may recall, in June, the State legislature passed a bill that paved the way for the Regional Transit Authority to assume operations of the Algiers-Canal Street and Chalmette-Lower Coast Algiers ferries. The subsidy provided to the ferries by the tolls collected on the Crescent City Conneciton ended in 2012, making it necessary for the legislature to find new ways to subsidize ferry service. Their solution was to allow the RTA to charge fares on all ferry users to make the service financially sustainable. Currently, only a $1 fare is charged for ferry passengers bringing a vehicle aboard. The RTA is now presenting that fare structure and soliciting feedback at a public hearing and we’ve summarized our position on the fare structure and questions that we have for the RTA below.
What will the hours of operation be under the proposed fare structure?
Are there long-term plans to integrate the ferry fares with the bus and streetcar fares?
What improvements to the service can riders expect when the RTA takes over the system?