City councilwoman says $2 would still be the lowest fare on any existing ferry system in the country
A one-way ride on a ferry in New Orleans could cost $2 in the future.
City Councilwoman Kristin Palmer says a $2 one-way fare, for both vehicles and pedestrians, is one of the fare options under consideration by stakeholders who've been meeting to decide what level of fare to charge to maintain current levels of service.
"Even at that rate, at $2, still places it as the lowest fare on any existing ferry system in the country," Palmer said.
Palmer, chair of the City Council's Transportation Committee, also points out that New Orleans is currently ranked 4th in the nation in the number of passenger trips, yet vehicles are charged only $1 to cross the river and pedestrians ride for free.
At its meeting last week, the City Council approved a motion allowing fares to be implemented immediately on the ferries by the Regional Transit Authority or whichever entity will be operating them in the future.
It's not clear if the RTA is interested in operating the ferries, as they've offered no comment on the idea.