Ride New Orleans prefers a lower base fare and multiple fare options
The head of a local transportation advocacy group says charging $2 for a one-way ride on a ferry in New Orleans may be a little high.
$2 is one of the fare options being considered for the ferries by stakeholders, says City Councilwoman Kristin Palmer.
Rachel Heiligman, executive director of Ride New Orleans, tells 99.5FM that while her group supports continuation of the ferry service and the charging of a fare to sustain that service, they'd like the fare to be more in line with the current bus/streetcar fare of $1.25.
Heiligman says they also favor having multiple fare options, for example, a discounted fare for daily riders and higher fares for occasional riders and visitors.
"To make sure that the people who are actually dependent on the transit, who are using it to get to and from their jobs in the French Quarter and in the Central Business District - oftentimes those are lower paying jobs - are not adversely affected by the introduction of a fare," Heiligman says.