In 1823, city officials awarded a steam ferry service contract to private interests to convey passengers and goods on a regular schedule between the east and west banks of the Mississippi River.
The first regularly scheduled ferry service between Canal St. and Algiers was established by the Louisiana Legislature in 1827. The ferry ran from the foot of Patterson St. to Jackson Square.
In 1834, a second ferry was added. Its dock was located at de la Ronde St. and the east bank landing was at St. Louis St.
The New Orleans ferry system has the fourth highest ridership of any ferry system in the U.S. (The Crescent City Connection Bridge is the 5th busiest toll bridge in the country.)
More than 2 million passenger trips are made on the Canal Street ferry
annually. The only ferry systems with higher ridership are the Washington State Ferries, and the ferries in New York City. New Orleans has more trips than the Golden Gate Bridge system in San Francisco.
Fares are $2 per person each way.
Fares collected to operating/maintenance expenses low compared to other ferry lines in US.
Based on 2009 study commissioned by Regional Planning Commission, majority of ferry riders use it to get to work.