Longer Algiers-Canal Street ferry hours will stay through 2016

Posted on: February 13 2016

By Wilborn P. Nobles III, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Late service hours for the Algiers Point-Canal Street ferry will continue until Dec.31, the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority said Friday (Feb. 12).

The service, which runs until 11:45 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 9:45 p.m. on Sundays, was scheduled to last for a trial period of four months starting last October.

Former state Sen. David Heitmeiter gave Transdev the credit for responding to demands for longer ferry hours last August.

The trial period was set to end after the Mardi Gras season on Sunday (Feb. 14).

Although a little more than 440,400 riders paid to ride the boat last year, that amount is small relative to the 1 million passengers reported annually when the ferry was free.

The RTA said these hours will give residents of both banks more opportunities to attend events festivals. It also gives residents more access to the historic Algiers Point neighborhood and businesses, the RTA said.

Managers from the French conglomerate Transdev, which operates RTA buses and streetcars, will review ferry ridership results at the end of the year to determine if these extended hours will continue beyond 2016.

Algiers-Canal Ferry hours