New Orleans has many means of transportation with the Algiers-Canal Street Ferry being one of them. New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) wants to keep the extended hours that were put in place last October for the ferry.
The extended hours which are until 11:45pm on Friday’s and Saturday’s and 9:45pm on Sunday’s will continue until December 31, 2016. Transdev, which operates RTA buses and streetcars, came up with the idea for the trial period for extended hours based on demands heard from residents who use the ferry. Transdev will review ferry ridership at the end of 2016 to see if there is still a demand for the extended hours.
Even though the ferry transportation is down from the 1 million who rode the ferry when it was free, RTA still believes that New Orleanians need to be given the option of having longer ferry hours so they can attend festivals on both the East Bank and West Bank and have more access to the Historic Algiers Point area and businesses.
The Algiers Point Canal Street ferry leaves every fifteen minutes with the round trip taking 30 minutes. Departure times from Algiers Point are 6:00am – 9:30pm Mon. – Thurs., 6:00 am – 11:30pm on Friday, 10:30am – 11:30pm on Saturday and 10:30am – 9:30pm on Sunday. Departure times from Canal Street are 6:15am – 9:45pm Mon. –Thurs., 6:15am – 11:45pm on Friday, 6:15am – 11:45pm on Saturday and 10:45am – 9:45pm on Sunday.
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