ferries

Latest News
7:47 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Algiers Ferry Hours Extended

A Mississippi River ferry between Canal Street and Algiers Point.
Credit takomabibelot / Flickr

Starting Friday, the ferry between Canal Street and Algiers Point will be adding more than four hours to weekday schedules.

The Algiers Economic Development Foundation says Veolia Transportation plans to run the ferry from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays. It now runs from 7:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays.

Weekend schedules will remain 10:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 10:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Veolia runs the ferries for New Orleans' Regional Transit Authority.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Free Ferry Service Ending This Weekend

A ferry arrives at Algiers from Canal Street.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

The days of a free ride across the Mississippi River are coming to an end. Starting Sunday, passengers and cars will have to pay $2 to use the ferry system.

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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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Super Bowl XLVII
1:48 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Ferry Schedules for Super Bowl Sunday Released

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has announced the Mississippi River schedules for Super Bowl weekend, Feb. 2-3.

Canal-Gretna

The Gretna Ferry, which services the route to and from Canal Street, will go into service at 12:45 p.m. It will make its last trip from Gretna at 11:30 p.m. and its last trip from Canal at midnight. Departures from Gretna will be made on the half hour and from Canal on the hour. Gretna is a pedestrian only route.

Canal-Algiers

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Algiers Ferry
10:41 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Algiers Ferry Terminal Work to Finish this Afternoon

Work on the damaged Algiers Point Ferry Terminal that was suspended yesterday due to inclement weather will be completed today by 3:30 p.m., according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

Ferry service from the Algiers Point terminal will remain suspended while the work is being completed, the DOTD said. However, the DOTD says all construction is weather-dependent, and may need to be rescheduled again.

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Latest News
8:30 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Pointe-a-la-Hache Ferry Landing Closed as Unsafe

The Pointe-a-la-Hache ferry landing has been closed indefinitely as unsafe. A Plaquemines Parish news release says the Department of Transportation and Development ordered it closed immediately on Wednesday.

The landing was damaged by Hurricane Isaac. The parish has been working on repairs for more than a year to keep it running. It says the landing isn't eligible for Federal Emergency Management Administration aid because a previous administration didn't give any details about repairs that FEMA paid for after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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White Castle Ferry
1:21 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

White Castle ferry out of service 4-6 weeks

State officials say the White Castle ferry is expected to be out of service another 4-6 weeks.

The state Department of Transportation and development said repairs to the vessel's propeller shaft were expected to be completed by mid-September. But delays in dry docking, the discovery of the need for additional repairs and the landfall of Hurricane Isaac have pushed the estimated return of the ferry to mid-to-late October.

The ferry crosses the Mississippi River between White Castle and Geismar, upriver from New Orleans.

Ferries
11:46 am
Mon July 16, 2012

White Castle ferry may shut down permanently

The ferry that carries passengers across the Mississippi from White Castle to Carville ferry has been temporarily docked since June due to a mechanical malfunction, but state transportation officials say it will be shut down permanently by year's end to save $800,000 annually.

It is a plan that U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond hopes the state will reconsider. Richmond has asked Gov. Bobby Jindal to reconsider his proposal to shut down the White Castle and Reserve-Edgard ferries.