In November, the Landrieu administration announced several planned developments that would transform New Orleans’s riverfront over the next five years, including a new Canal Street Ferry Terminal.
On Tuesday, December 12, at a public input session, Regional Transit Authority revealed the renderings of the new terminal, designed by Manning Architects. It will replace the current terminal that sits between the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and the Spanish Plaza. Its pedestrian bridge will be designed and implemented separately.
RTA will begin construction of the terminal in early 2018 after demolishing the current building. During construction, ferry service will not be interrupted, but detoured to the wharf behind the Audubon Aquarium. The Authority plans operate in the new terminal in 2019.
RTA will fund the construction of the new terminal though a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Grant, which the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded to RTA in late 2015.
RTA incorporated community feedback in the design of the new terminal. Several commuters asked for increased ADA accessibility, an enclosed shelter, and a covered pedestrian bridge.
A public input session for the planned pedestrian bridge will be held at the Algiers Auditorium in Federal City from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on January 18.