Starting next week, the Algiers Point-Canal Street ferry will run later into the evening Friday through Sunday as a test to see if an extended schedule will translate into more riders.

The new hours will go into effect Oct. 16 and last until Feb. 14, according to Transdev, the private company that operates New Orleans Regional Transit Authority buses and the ferries.

The new schedule will keep the ferry running for an additional two hours on Friday, with the last trip departing the Canal Street terminal at 11:45 p.m.

Ferries will run for an additional four hours on Saturday, with the last ferry also leaving at 11:45 p.m.

Sunday also will gain four hours, with the last ferry leaving at 9:45 p.m.

The first trip of the day will still happen at 6 a.m. on Friday and 10:45 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The schedule during the rest of the week will remain the same.

Transdev said that once the trial is over, “managers will examine the results and determine whether these extended hours can be continued.”