Tonight: a rally to save the ferries




Transit advocacy group Ride New Orleans (formerly Transport for NOLA) holds the "By Boat or by Float" second line tonight to boost awareness of the Algiers ferry.

With no private operators in line to run the ferries once its public funds run out June 30 (following the dissolve of the Crescent City Connection tolls, which powered the ferries), lawmakers have come up with some solutions to keep them running — State Sen. David Heitmeier, D-New Orleans, has a bill to put the ferry's control under a municipal authority, like the Regional Transit Authority, with funding from the state's Department of Transportation and Development. The bill passed the House yesterday.

The second line begins at the Canal Street ferry terminal and continues on the Algiers ferry and into Algiers Point where it meets the Wednesdays on the Point event. Participants are encouraged to wear innertubes, lifejackets, arm floaties, goggles, snorkles and other water gear in an effort to show "just how many people will have to cross the river by [floating] ... if they cannot cross the river by boat."

The rally gathers at 5:30 p.m. and the second line begins at 5:45 p.m.

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