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Community Reacts to RTA’s Algiers Ferry Fare Structure

“Without the ferry we could be just like an island, ” says business owner Hiller Moise.

These last 14 years Moise has owned and operated Bed & Breakfast on the Point on Algiers Point.

She’s been dealing with ferry drama since the 80’s and says this summer’s threats and reduction in hours has almost cut profits in half.

“It’s a three block walk and seven minute ride, and now we have to tell them when they call that we really don’t know if we’re going to have the ferry.  We really don’t know what the hours are going to be,” says Moise.

Today the RTA announced a ferry fare structure.  It’s main target is the Algiers to Canal Street ferry.

- A one way ticket would cost $2 a person.

- A one day pass would set you back $7.

- A monthly pass would run $65.

- Driving across the ferry would cost $2, plus an additional $2 per passenger.

The RTA has yet to comment on ferry hours saying at this point they cannot say what services they would offer.  It’s one of the main concerns in Algiers where many people have had to cut their day shot 4, 5, even 6 hours.

“It’s too early,” says one passenger, “lots of people don’t even get off until 10.”

“Time is money and I can’t even work overtime because this is preventing me,” says passenger John Gonzales.

It’s a dilemma Moise hopes gets resolved soon so that business on Algiers Point can get back to normal.

“It’s a hardship and you still have to keep the lights on,  the air conditioning going and everything else.,” says Moise.

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  • AhContraire

    “It’s a hardship and you still have to keep the lights on, the air conditioning going and everything else.,” says Moise.

    If you are using the ferry to get to work, you most likely are working in the French Gutter, Barf and Barker St (Bourbon St) or the French Trinket (French Market).

    Hence, with MILLIONS of tourists, every year, you should at least be getting paid or receive tips to EASILY cover the a $2 dollar ferry fee or even a $65 dollar/month ferry fee. Don't we hear about bartenders, waiters and waitresses making HUNDREDS of dollars in a single night? So what's the big deal?

    But obviously all the HUNDREDS of DOLLARS in TIPS appear to be ALL BIG TALK. Just like how the bar owners and strip clubs talk about high their rent is. BIG TALK.

    Below are some NUMBERS for you who work in Tourism and Service Industry to think about.

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    METAIRIE'S LAKESIDE SHOPPING CENTER versus ALL of NOLA TOURISM
    Don't be surprised that Lakeside Shopping Center's Food Court brings in more sales tax revenue than all of Bourbon St.

    Lakeside Shopping Center has 10 million visitors (the $13B mentioned at URL below is still up for discussion and needs more clarification) http://bit.ly/YpSUR3

    What can the French Gutter, Barf n Barker St (Bourbon St.) and the French Trinket Market say?

    That is, New Orleans with Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Saints, French Quarter Fest and so on, is still less than Lakeside Shopping Center (that has no festivals, NFL or NBA pro teams) with only 9 million visitors. http://bit.ly/19X4qys

    Lakeside Shopping Center brings in 10 million visitors with no out-of-state advertising versus NOLA tourism at 9 million visitors?

    And by the way, Lakeside Shopping Center doesn't have 24/7 alcohol, video poker, casinos, and doesn't need an entire police station, additional state police or national guard, to keep the peace. And don't be surprised that most of the New Orleans tourism economic numbers are big time hyped and almost impossible verify. Lastly, Jefferson Parish's Lakeside Shopping Center doesn't even have the national media hyping New Orleans either.

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