In 2012, the Louisiana State Legislature voted to strip the ferries of their dedicated funding source by prohibiting any future Crescent City Connection bridge tolls from funding them, but failed to provide other funding sources in order to maintain ferry service long-term.
The Algiers – Canal Street ferry serves 1.1 million pedestrian passengers and 175,000 vehicle passengers per year from the early morning to late evening, making it the fourth largest ferry in terms of ridership in the country.
When Ride New Orleans first discovered that ferry service was in danger, because we work so closely with transit dependent populations, we knew that service cuts would mean a devastating loss of mobility for New Orleans and Algiers residents lacking a personal vehicle. After discovering that there has not been a comprehensive effort to understand the human story of our ferries, and that decisions about cutting service would likely be made without considering the true impact, we decided to collect as much information as we could about who rides the New Orleans – Algiers ferry and why. With the help of over 40 volunteers, we conducted a survey of 1,575 ferry riders on the Algiers – Canal Street ferry in April 2013. Read the results of our research in our report: