The state’s plan to switch the Canal Street-Algiers ferry to a pedestrian-only boat will go ahead on Monday, but with one change: Scooters will be allowed on board.
The Department of Transportation and Development had expected to replace the current boat, which carries both pedestrians and vehicles, with a smaller, cheaper-to-operate pedestrian ferry from the state’s fleet earlier this month. But electrical problems delayed the switch.
Due to an exemption granted by the Coast Guard, the new boat will be allowed to carry scooters across the river. Those riding motorized scooters will be charged a toll, and only five of the vehicles will be allowed on at a time.
The scooters will be banned if they have fuel or oil leaks, and riders must be able to maneuver them to the bow of the boat on their own.
Pedestrians will still be able to use the ferry without charge, and the hours of operation will not change.