Crescent City Connection

The Lens
2:17 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Years Of Political Inaction Preceded Latest Cutbacks In Algiers Ferry Service

The reduced hours of the Algiers ferry should come as no surprise to those who have talked about options for years but done little to implement them.
Credit Della Hasselle / The Lens

Considering that the Algiers ferry has been a fixture on the river for years, its demise seemed to come suddenly. The ferry lost its main source of funding, the Crescent City Connection tolls, earlier this year. No private company stepped in to take it over.Dreams to turn it into a party boat foundered.

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Algiers Ferry
8:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

As Mississippi River Ferry Service Slowly Disappears, Many Are Searching For Answers

Protestors adjacent to the Algiers Point ferry terminal held a rally on the Fourth of July to protest the cuts to service.
Janaya Williams WWNO

This story was reported by Della Hasselle of The Lens, and produced by Janaya Williams.

The Algiers Ferry was hit with a reduction in hours last week. Ferry riders and small business owners say they’re already feeling the effects, and with major funding lost and no clear plan in place for the ferry’s future operations, West Bank commuters are looking for answers.

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Crescent City Connection
7:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Mayor Landrieu Predicts Voters Will Reject Crescent City Bridge Tolls

The Crescent City Connection bridge.
GSPhotography Shutterstock.com

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has campaigned in favor of keeping the $1 tolls on the Crescent City Connection.

But he says now that he probably won’t win that fight, considering Jazz Fest and other events may prove more inviting than the polls.

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Crescent City Connection
7:00 am
Tue March 19, 2013

YLC Rallies Online Drive to Resume Crescent City Connection Bridge Lighting

YLC launches Facebook campaign to save the decorative lights on the Crescent City Connection.

A New Orleans non-profit that led the drive to illuminate the Crescent City Connection back in the 1980s is gathering support for getting the decorative lights turned back on. The Young Leadership Council is turning to Facebook for help.

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Bridge Tolls
1:12 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Judge Orders New Election in CCC Bridge Toll Challenge

A Baton Rouge judge has nullified the election results for the 20-year renewal of the tolls for the Crescent City Connection in New Orleans and has ordered a new election in May.

WWL-TV reports state District Judge William Morvant ruled Tuesday that several eligible voters were given provisional ballots that only included federal races and not the local measures.

The local toll renewal passed by just 36 votes in a November election.

Crescent City Connection
5:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Some Votes to be Recounted in Tolls Election

A partial recount in the November referendum that extended tolls on the Crescent City Connection for 20 years has been set for Feb. 16.

The Times-Picayune reports state District Judge William Morvant ordered the review after Mike Teachworth of Harvey, director of Stop the Tolls, filed suit in December. The proposal was approved by 18 votes out of more than 308,000 cast.

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Crescent City Connection
3:31 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Baton Rouge Judge Orders Recount of Bridge Toll Vote

An East Baton Rouge Parish judge has ordered a recount of the vote that extended tolls on the Crescent City Connection bridge for 20 years.

The vote passed by a margin of 16 votes out of 308,000 cast on Nov. 6 in Orleans, Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes.

State Representative Pat Connick tells WWL-AM that officials won't recount every vote — just the absentee votes in Orleans Parish.

He opposed renewing the tolls, which bring in more than $20 million a year.

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1:40 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

New Year Brings Rush-Hour Tows to CCC

The new year is bringing free rush-hour tow trucks to help keep traffic flowing on one of the nation's busiest bridges.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says a tow truck will be stationed on the Crescent City Connection Bridge for three hours in the morning and three in the evening on weekdays.

The department says in a news release that the bridge is the nation's fifth busiest, with more than 156,000 vehicles crossing it daily and more than 33 million a year.

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9:34 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Crescent City Connection Police Transfer to LSP

The Crescent City Connection Police Department has been transferred to Louisiana State Police as part of a restructuring of the bridge police division.

The state Department of Transportation and Development says the police department's administrative transfer to the Department of Public Safety was effective Monday.

Officials say the New Orleans-based bridge police officers will continue wearing their current uniforms and using their current marked vehicles until midnight Dec. 31. At that time, the officers will get new DPS uniforms and vehicles.

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