“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.