Extended weekend hours for the Algiers Point-Canal Street ferry will continue through the rest of the year, after a four-month pilot program to test ridership proved successful, officials said Friday.
Transdev, the private company that manages the city’s ferries for the Regional Transit Authority, added 10 hours to the Canal Street ferry’s schedule in October to see if the extra trips garnered enough riders to become permanent additions to the schedule. That test was scheduled to end Sunday.
Under the expanded schedule, the first ferry on Friday leaves Algiers Point at 6 a.m., and the last trip leaves Canal Street at 11:45 p.m.
On Saturday, the first ferry leaves Algiers Point at 10:30 a.m., and the last trip leaves Canal Street at 11:45 p.m.
The first Sunday ferry departs Algiers Point at 10:30 a.m., with the last trip leaving Canal Street at 9:45 p.m.
The ferries will stay on that schedule until at least Dec. 31. Officials will decide whether to continue it into 2017 before the end of the year.