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RTA Board Schedules Public Meeting On Ferry Fares

RTA Board Schedules Public Meeting On Ferry Fares

The RTA Board has scheduled an August 5 public meeting on a proposal to impose a new fare structure for local ferries.

Veolia, the private firm that manages RTA services, is proposing a $2 one-way fare for passengers who ride the Algiers-Canal Street ferry. For the Chalmette ferry, Veolia proposes charging $2 for a vehicle and driver, plus an additional dollar for each passenger in the vehicle.

Local officials say fare adjustments will be needed to fund a service that lost millions of dollars in support when the tolls on the Crescent City Connection were discontinued earlier this year.

For now, the state DOTD is operating the ferries and pedestrians are able to ride at no charge.

The public meeting will be held in the New Orleans City Council chamber at 5 p.m.

Fay Faron, found of Friends of the Ferry, tells 99.5FM a $2 fare is appropriate for the Chalmette ferry but too high for the Algiers-Canal Street ferry.

"We have a population that is made up of a lot of people that work in the hospitality industry, many of them at minimum wage," Faron said.

Faron said she would support a lower fare, from $1 to $1.50, for the Algiers ferry, which would still be affordable to low-income riders.  She also says she could support the idea of charging fares of up to $3 one-way for special event weekends such as Mardi Gras and the French Quarter Festival.


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