The ferry system has played a vital role in the development of New Orleans for nearly two hundred years. In the 1820s ferries and skiffs moved goods and people across the Mississippi River to Algiers. Shortly after, the first public ferry with scheduled service was established between Canal Street and Algiers. In modern times, the ferries provide a viable transportation option for people who need to ride across the river for businesses and jobs. And for the many tourists who flock to New Orleans, a ride on a ferry provides magnificent views of the city and its curved shoreline, which illustrates why New Orleans is called the Crescent City.
In February 2014, Transdev Services, Inc. took over the management responsibility of the Algiers Point/Canal St. and Lower Algiers/Chalmette ferries. Working with the New Orleans City Council, Regional Planning Commission and local stakeholders, a fare structure was approved and new schedules implemented, continuing this vital connection to our historic neighborhoods on the west bank of the river.
Transdev also manages the bus, paratransit, and streetcar operations of New Orleans under contract with the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). The company’s mission is to operate and manage top quality, efficient, environmentally sustainable transportation networks that enhance the community’s mobility and their quality of life.
Recently, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded RTA $5 million in grant funding to develop a new, state-of-the-art ferry terminal at the end of Canal Street. Combined with the $10 million grant through the Obama Administration’s competitive Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery VII (TIGER) grant program, this $15 million total funding for the New Orleans Canal Street Ferry Terminal project will further the redevelopment and revitalization along both banks of the Mississippi River.
Transdev North America has history and experience in the city. Its local New Orleans team has been managing the bus, paratransit and streetcar service under contract for the past five years. The company is the largest private-sector operator of multiple modes of transit in North America, including bus, rail, paratransit, shuttle, sedan and taxi services and ferries. Transdev is based in Lombard, Illinois near Chicago, and has local management teams in all its locations across the country.