Letter: We will lose without the ferries

I’m jumping on the ferry on the way to Algiers. Why? Well, I ride a bike and, without using a cab or bus (expensive and unreliable), I can’t get across the Great Mississippi River.

It’s a matter of equal access to provide to all people a method of getting from one bank to another. In fact I go so far as to call it a civil right to travel from here to there by foot, bicycle and light transit other than gas-powered vehicles.

It is a crime against our region to consider curtailing ferry crossings at Gretna, Canal, Chalmette and Belle Chasse. Don’t believe for a moment that we won’t have lost something vital if our ferries sit idle. Don’t let penny-wise leaders cut funding from these historic boats.

Tim Eskew

bicycle mechanic

New Orleans