NEW ORLEANS - Some local ferries are set to stop running and others are cutting back on service due to a lack of funding decided in the latest legislative session.
Friday is the last day that the Edgard-Reserve Ferry is scheduled to run. The Department of Transportation and Development claimed it will save the state over $2 million a year.
Officials with St. John the Baptist Parish are considering taking over ferry operation, but there has yet to be an agreement, DOTD said.
A committee recommended the closure. They pointed to a low number of riders and a reasonable alternate option to cross the river (the Gramercy Bridge.)
Approximately 190,000 drivers and close to 6,000 pedestrians used the Edgard/Reserve Ferry last budget year, which translated to less than 800 daily users.
On Monday, the Gretna Ferry will officially stop running, even though it hasn't been in service in months. It did not receive any funds in the legislative session.
The Algiers Ferry was assigned a new schedule. It will run Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. On the weekends, it will run about eight hours on both Saturday and Sunday.
Chalmette Ferry service was unaffected by budget cuts.
Ferry riders who have been affected should consider using buses instead, DOTD said.