NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- There soon will be no more free rides on the ferries that carry commuters and tourists across the Mississippi River at New Orleans.
New Orleans' City Council voted Thursday to impose a $2 one-way fare for the vessels.
Tolls on the nearby Crescent City Connection bridge once subsidized the ferry service but that funding source is gone.
Thursday's vote also sets prices for various multi-day passes -- some for ferries alone, others for ferries, streetcars and buses.
The vote for the fare system was 7-0.
Council members did express worries about the effect on low-income workers in the city's hospitality industry. Regional Transit Authority manager Justin Augustine said the authority will work with the industry on a tax incentive program for employers who help pay their low-income employees' fares.