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French Ambassador Gerard Araud at the French American Chamber of Commerce in New Orleans.
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The French Ambassador to the United States has made his first visit to New Orleans. He met with city leaders and other groups to explore future business and cultural exchanges.

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Post-Hurricane Katrina recovery in New Orleans has been a mixed bag. And a new report from the non-profit Ride New Orleans highlights the city’s struggles to recover bus service.

Less than 40 percent of transit service had been restored to the city by 2012, according to the report. And bus lines serving high-need areas like New Orleans East often have wait times of an hour or more.

Those findings were presented in a public panel discussion on Thursday.

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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.

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority serves the Jazz Fest with four different transit lines, and is planning extra service to meet the heavy demand expected this week and next.

There are three bus lines that will take you within walking distance of the Fair Grounds:

94-Broad
32-Leonidas
91-Jackson/Esplanade

You can also get to the Fair Grounds by taking the Canal — City Park/Museum streetcar line.

The RTA will also be providing buses along Canal St. and St. Charles Ave. to supplement the streetcar lines.

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority has announced service changes and expected delays for the Thanksgiving holiday through the Bayou Classic this weekend.

Riders headed downtown tomorrow are advised there will be numerous cancelations, delays and detours due to the Thanksgiving Day parade.

The complete rider advisory is here:

Thursday, November 22 – Sunday Service Levels

Downtown Thanksgiving Parade, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority is rolling out it's new fleet of busses that run on biodiesel fuel.