Algiers residents planning to head for the French Quarter to ring in the New Year at the annual fireworks display over the Mississippi River can rest assured: The ferry will be up and running to get them home afterward.
The Canal Street-Algiers Point ferry is extending its hours on New Year’s Eve in preparation for the midnight fleur-de-lis drop, fireworks and other festivities put on by the Crescent City Countdown Club. The last ferry will leave the east bank of the river at 1:15 a.m. Jan. 1.
Immediately before and during the midnight fireworks display, the vessel will be out of service, per instructions from the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Lower Algiers-Chalmette ferry will maintain its normal operating schedule, from 6 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Fares for both ferries will remain unchanged for the holiday. Pedestrians riding the Canal Street ferry pay $2 for a one-way ride.
Those who qualify for reduced fare — seniors, the disabled and Medicare recipients — ride for $1 with valid identification or a reduced-fare card. Children 2 and younger ride free.
For the Lower Algiers ferry, which also carries vehicles, fares are the same as on the Canal Street ferry for pedestrians.
Drivers pay $2, with $1 for each additional passenger in their vehicle. Reduced-fare drivers — seniors, the disabled and Medicare recipients — pay $1, with no added charge for additional riders who are seniors, disabled or Medicare recipients. Trailers pay $3, and children 2 and younger are free.
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