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The End of an Era: Gretna Ferry to Dock For Good

[Photo by joseph a via flickr]

The end of June marks the last chance to jump aboard the Gretna-Canal Street ferry, axing joy rides across the river and ending a means of transportation for many. Budget cuts and staffing shortages within the Louisiana Department of Transportation have caused the vessel's services to be slashed. The Gretna Ferry has serviced New Orleanians since the mid-1920s. If cruising across the Mississippi is your thing, the Algiers-Canal Street ferry will continue its operations, but with limited hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and eight-hour stretches on weekends. The Algiers ferry, established in 1827, will no longer carry vehicles.
· Gretna ferry service to end; Algiers-Canal ferry hours reduced [WWL]