Ferries in Crisis

Algiers Ferry

 

The Algiers Point and Gretna ferries will lose their funding in June 2013 and ferry service is in danger of being drastically reduced or cut altogether.

Ferries have been in operation in our region since the 1830s.  In 2012, the State legislature voted to strip the ferries of their dedicated funding source by prohibiting any future toll monies collected on the Crescent City Connection twin span bridge from funding the ferries.  With toll funding no longer available for the ferries, the State Legislature failed to provide other funding mechanisms for maintaining ferry service.

The Algiers Point ferry serves 1.1 million pedestrian passengers and 175,000 vehicle passengers per year.  Data on the Gretna ferry is less readily available due to infrequent service operations in recent years.


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