New Orleans City Councilwoman Kristin Palmer says it may be two to three months before we know what the fare will be to ride on the Algiers-to-Canal Street ferry.
Palmer, chairperson of the council's transportation committee, says a fare schedule is still being discussed by stakeholders.
She says fares are a key piece of the long-term funding plan for the ferry. Once the fares are in place, the ferry's hours of operation, reduced July 1st because of budget constraints, can be restored.
"The decrease in operating hours is not good. It's not good for the people of the city, it's not good for our workers. Especially it's not good for our hospitality workers," Palmer said in an interview with 99.5FM.
According to Palmer, the big question that needs to be answered by stakeholders is how much to charge. A $2 one-way fare is being considered, but an incentive should be offered to frequent riders.
"If we have a $2 each-way fare, it's also with the thought of tryng to get a ferry commuter pass, which is very important for the people who ride the ferry every day. That would lessen the $2 trip," Palmer said.