New Orleans' Canal Street ferry is back in service after being out of commission for most of the week _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Longer operating hours and a monthly passenger pass are in the offing for the Algiers ferry starting in July. Long-term plans call for new boats and an unlimited pass good for both the ferries and buses/streetcars.

The ferry between Canal Street and Algiers Point resumed service Friday after being out of commission for most of the week because of unspecified mechanical issues.

Patrice Bell Mercadel, a spokeswoman for Transdev, did not provide details on what caused the passengers-only ferry to be taken out of service.

Transdev is the company that manages the Regional Transit Authority’s buses and streetcars and also operates the ferries.

The ferry broke down Monday and remained out of service until Friday, when repairs and tests to ensure its seaworthiness were completed.

Mechanical issues are not uncommon on the aging ferry, though they typically do not require multiple days to repair.

During the outage, the RTA ran a temporary, dedicated bus line that provided service from one side of the river to the other to accommodate ferry riders.

“Prior to RTA being the manager, that would not have happened immediately,” Mercadel said. “This is a great service we provided to the riders.”