The head of a group that has launched a campaign to "Save Our Ferries" in New Orleans says the changes coming to local ferry service announced by the state Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) are unacceptable.
DOTD says the Gretna ferry will cease operations June 30 because of lack of funds, while the hours of operation of the Algiers-Canal Street ferry will be reduced. Effective July 1st, it will operate Monday-Friday from 7am-7pm and 8 hours on Saturday and Sunday, the exact schedule to be determined.
Friends of the Ferry President Fay Faron says New Orleans is not a town where a lot of people work 9 to 5.
"There's a hospitality industry that goes 24 hours a day. We also have a huge tourist industry and a lot of bed and breakfasts on Algiers Point, and all of this demands that people ride the ferry beyond 7 o'clock at night and on weekends," Faron said.