Join the campaign to Save New Orleans Ferries

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. Without the ferries, riders will have to fend for themselves. This site is the home of Ride New Orleans campaign to save the ferries. 



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commented 2013-12-22 13:59:58 -0600
Thank you
commented 2013-04-18 15:07:50 -0500
This is a perfect example of economic short-termism. The loss of our ferry connection will have serious negative impact on the city and Algiers, self-evidently; it will also resonate further afield. There is simply no reason why a proper strategic and financial review cannot identify ways in which the Ferry can not only be retained and saved, but invested in.
We need to fight this. HARD.
commented 2013-04-18 14:50:40 -0500
I can’t imagine NOLA without the ferries!
commented 2013-04-15 21:25:36 -0500
I do not know why this is even an issue! The Algiers ferry was running well before they invented the automobile or the light bulb! If the people who run this city cannot figure out what to do, they need to resign. I am so tired of hearing how the money hungry Eastbank tries to suck the money out of the Westbank. They received 20 years worth of tolls and the crooks stole the money or misappropriated it. Could no one figure out how to fund the ferry over the last 20 years? I would like to know how someone was even allowed to have it come to a vote to have the tolls extended. If the officials of this city or state can’t handle their job, maybe Jefferson Parish should take over the ferry! In 1953 my mother had to go across on the Algiers ferry to get to Mercy hospital while she was in labor with me. At that time there was no GNO or CCC bridge. If we had the same leaders we have today, I guess I would have been born on the levee.
commented 2013-04-14 11:08:52 -0500
The Algiers ferry has connected Algiers Point to the Eastbank since the 1830s. Closing the ferry will isolate Algiers residents from the city, and prevent tourists from seeing the City from the other side of the River. After investing so much money on building a walkway on the levee and promoting tourism in Algiers, how can state legislature just abandon that part of the city? Why not raise the tolls for the ferry? Pedestrians don’t even pay a toll right now. I’ll pay $1.50 to keep the ferry running…

Everyone in New Orleans should be outraged. This is just like the failed attempt to build the elevated Riverfront Expressway over Decatur St. and Elysian Fields in the 1960s… it would’ve destroyed the French Quarter. Closing the ferry could signal the end of Algiers Point as we know it.
commented 2013-04-09 12:25:18 -0500
I strongly support the use of ferries in the New Orleans area for two major reasons. First, because public transportation is a necessity for many residents to cross the river, either because they have no car or they need to commute to a part of the city where there are no bridge options. Second, because we should maintain alternatives to bridge crossings that require automobiles; it is time to promote less car dependent lifestyles. The last thing we should be doing is taking away alternative transportation opportunities for our city residents. If we truly want to alleviate traffic congestion, we should be dreaming of a city that supports diverse modes of transportation within the city and across the river, as well as planning for public transportation that can effectively serve all city residents!
commented 2013-04-03 19:06:17 -0500
Hello, I have been riding the Ferries since 1974. Some for enjoyment some for the purposes of traveling to the West Bank for business reasons. It offers a great alternative to the Mississippi River Bridge traffic, I love the wonderful view of the city as you cross and the nostalgia of the ferry ride itself. It is a part of the cultural charm of the city and gives you a working artery to commute to the Quarter from Algiers and the West Bank. Keep the Ferries!!