Longer hours for Algiers ferry to start sooner than expected

July 29 2014 | Latest News
By Richard Rainey, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The delay to add more evening hours to the Algiers-Canal Street ferry line will be a weekday shorter than expected.

Veolia Transportation Services Inc., the private manager of New Orleans public transit, has decided to extend the ferries' operating hours starting Friday (Aug. 1) rather than wait until Monday (Aug. 4), the company has announced.

The Algiers-Canal Street ferry hours
DaysCurrent HoursNew Hours
Monday - Thursday7:15 a.m - 6:30 p.m.6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday7:15 a.m. - 8 p.m.6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday10:45 a.m. - 8 p.m.No change
Sunday10:45 a.m. - 6 p.m.No change

Veolia Transportation Services Inc.

Under the new schedule, weekday service departs on the half hour and weekend service departs on the quarter hour. The first trip from Algiers Point will depart at 6 a.m. on weekdays; the last trip back from Canal Street will depart at 9:45 p.m.

The company delayed its roll-out of the new schedule in July because it didn't have the staff to make the additional runs across the Mississippi River. Fifteen ferry workers quit or decided to stay with the state Department of Transportation and Development when it handed the reins of the ferry operations to Veolia in February.

The ferries will also run special extended hours on Wednesday (July 30) to help support "Wednesdays on the Point," a series of free summer concerts at the Algiers landing. The ferries will depart in the morning at their regular time, but continue to run from Algiers until 9:15 p.m. and from Canal Street until 9:30 p.m.