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  • #16
    Always found it fascinating how people are generally okay with stealing local journalism. Which is what you’re doing with incognito browsers, etc.

    But yeah it’s also way too late to put the genie back in bottle.

    Oh and Bob Marshall is done at the TP. Great environmental reporter who is a victim of this world. Shame too. He’s one of the best and desperately needed down here.

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    • #17
      I aspire to be fascinating. I even paid for a poem once on Frenchmen Street. Lol

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      • #18
        The RTA has been blowing smoke up our butts for almost 2 months. They knew damn well that the service from Canal St to Algiers was not going to be back up until at least January and just strung us along. The last meeting was a farce. Mr. Wiggins said that he will not answer yes or no questions and one of his responses was that the answer "was above his pay grade". What a freaking condescending answer!!!! We gave him the benefit of the doubt because he said that he was "the new guy", but after 6 months, he is no longer new, just the same stink as the old guys. We have been writing our elected officials to no avail. A charter can come down from NY, but the RTA/Transdev does not think that we are worth the cost (although they are going to put on a holiday party to the tune of $40,000). If I sound bitter, it is because I am! I am losing anywhere from 25-75% of my retail income/ week, and with the holidays coming up, the projection will be even worse.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by rosetree View Post
          The RTA has been blowing smoke up our butts for almost 2 months. They knew damn well that the service from Canal St to Algiers was not going to be back up until at least January and just strung us along. The last meeting was a farce. Mr. Wiggins said that he will not answer yes or no questions and one of his responses was that the answer "was above his pay grade". What a freaking condescending answer!!!! We gave him the benefit of the doubt because he said that he was "the new guy", but after 6 months, he is no longer new, just the same stink as the old guys. We have been writing our elected officials to no avail. A charter can come down from NY, but the RTA/Transdev does not think that we are worth the cost (although they are going to put on a holiday party to the tune of $40,000). If I sound bitter, it is because I am! I am losing anywhere from 25-75% of my retail income/ week, and with the holidays coming up, the projection will be even worse.
          Vicki and I feel so frustrated about this, Mark. I promised this thread contacts I would post so Threadheads (and others) could just tell these elected and appointed pinheads how much the ferry means to them on their visits to NOLA, for what good it will do. Who do you think most needs contacting as far as the dim possibility of results? I hope the drift about reading newspaper articles free gets taken to its own thread. Sorry to sound grumpier than usual, but the ferry issue is very important to some of us.

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          • #20
            This was an email that I received today from Ride New Orleans that pretty much sums up the situation right now...
            What's next for the Ferry?

            It’s been a frustrating fall for New Orleans residents who rely on the Algiers Point/Canal Street ferry.

            As of today, the ferry has been out of service for almost 60 consecutive days, replaced by an unreliable “bus bridge.” that has to fight traffic both ways on the Crescent City Connection. And that’s on top of months of on-again/off-again service earlier this year.

            This ongoing frustration for riders is the result of a number of years of poor management and bad strategic decisions. Both existing boats that serve the line are considered unable to carry passengers without significant repair. Meanwhile, both new ferry boats that were expected as early as Spring 2018 are still unable to pass Coast Guard inspections and begin serving riders.

            RIDE is as frustrated as anyone over this situation. It’s been especially disappointing as it comes in tandem with the chaotic move of the downtown transfer center to Duncan Plaza after the collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel building. Service problems associated with that move have caused significant hardship for transit riders who went weeks without being able to rely on the schedule for a number of RTA lines. As one of our supporters put it the other week, “this has been the worst month to be a New Orleans transit rider in a long time.”

            But frustrated as we are, we’re more interested in seeing restored service and then forward progress instead of unnecessarily playing the blame game. With that in mind, we wanted to update RIDE members on where the situation is at currently and what to expect between now and the end of the year.

            Currently, there are three potential resolutions that would get ferry riders back to a normal schedule:
            • Successful repair at least one of the existing ferries
            • Start of active service of the new ferry boats
            • Short-term charter of an outside operator’s boat

            Our understanding of the status of each of these (as of November 25) is as follows:
            • Successful repair of the existing ferries: The last several years of inconsistent maintenance have taken their toll as both of the existing boats – the Armiger and the Thomas Jefferson – have been in and out of service all year. The Thomas Jefferson has been out of service for most of the year and is not expected back anytime soon. However the Armiger is closer to being returned to service, according to the RTA. The Armiger’s issue is a leak in seals between the propellers and the interior of the boat that has proved tricky for the RTA to fix, but is not as significant as the repairs needed for the Thomas Jefferson. The RTA says that a recent suggestion from state officials may prove fruitful in the next week or two. But there have been other false hopes in recent weeks with the Armiger, so it is unclear how seriously riders should take this chance.
            • Start of active service with the new ferry boats: The RTA says that a recent inspection by an outside firm indicates that there are no fatal flaws to the new boat, just a series of cosmetic and minor structural issues that need to be fixed. The RTA says those can be easily corrected by the manufacturer and are preparing to return the boats to the manufacturer to make those fixes. Once those repairs are made, the RTA says, the US Coast Guard will inspect the boats and – if the boats pass – they would be able to begin revenue service immediately. The RTA says all of these steps could take about six to seven weeks total, meaning the boats could nominally start servicing the Algiers Point/Canal line by early- to mid-January. However, some outside observers are skeptical that the fixes will be that easy or take that little time.
            • Charter ferry service from an outside operator: The RTA has explored contracting charter ferry service for the short-term, in case it proves impossible to fix the existing boats or bring the new boats online in the next few months. The RTA’s initial research indicated two potential hurdles with chartering:
              • Chartering service could cost almost $200,000 a month and would require at a minimum a six-month commitment, meaning the RTA could be spending almost $1.2 million additional for the service, potentially taking resources away from other areas.
              • No nearby firms matched with the RTA’s needs, meaning any charter service would have to send a boat from as far away as New York, which would add additional time before any service would be able to start.

            With these constraints in mind, the RTA is hoping that either the existing or new boats will be ready by the end of the year, rather than commit that much additional money to the situation.

            RIDE’s assessment

            As frustrating as all of this is, RIDE is inclined to give the RTA the benefit of the doubt – for now. Years of mismanagement led us to this situation and mean that there is no easy way out. We shouldn’t excuse the situation, but the new management team at the RTA inherited a bad situation when they took over on September 1 and they deserve a limited amount of patience as they try to fix the situation.

            But that patience should only hold up until early January – at that point at least one of the above options needs to be in effect.

            In the meantime, the RTA also needs to focus on the following:

            Increase service on the bus bridge: The current bus bridge frequency of every 30 minutes matches up with the scheduled ferry departure time, but the travel time does not. Instead travel times are significantly longer. Increased frequency is the least that the RTA can do for riders to make up for that inconvenience.

            Be transparent: The RTA needs to continue being clear and transparent about the status of each of the above options so the public knows what to expect moving forward.

            Develop clear long-term plans for success: The RTA needs to have a clear plan in place to make sure this situation never happens again. Bringing on a new contractor to operate the ferries is a good start, but the RTA also needs to clearly communicate new processes and procedures with the public so the public can begin to regain trust that the ferries will be a long-term and reliable option moving forward.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Kemp View Post

              I hope the drift about reading newspaper articles free gets taken to its own thread. Sorry to sound grumpier than usual, but the ferry issue is very important to some of us.
              It's important to most of us. The drift was in regards to a ferry article that we couldn't read without subscribing to Nola.com/Advocate.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Marignygregg View Post

                It's important to most of us. The drift was in regards to a ferry article that we couldn't read without subscribing to Nola.com/Advocate.
                Okay. Just don’t start on zydeco.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Kemp View Post

                  Okay. Just don’t start on zydeco.
                  Thanks

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                  • #24
                    Like most things in this city(such as The Hard Rock Debacle) the govt seems in no rush to fix this problem. They have had years to deal with this issue and now this. So they have 4 crafts but cannot use any of them? Shameful.

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                    • #25
                      Kemp,
                      Sorry, didn't intend to distract from the importance of the ferry issue. I have read the article and the follow-up posts; it's a real mess. The $40,000 party rosetree mentioned is adding insult to injury. If this kind of crap was happening in Chicago, one of the local TV news teams would be all over it. What's the media doing there beyond straight reporting of the meetings?

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by fesstgeek View Post
                        Kemp,
                        Sorry, didn't intend to distract from the importance of the ferry issue. I have read the article and the follow-up posts; it's a real mess. The $40,000 party rosetree mentioned is adding insult to injury. If this kind of crap was happening in Chicago, one of the local TV news teams would be all over it. What's the media doing there beyond straight reporting of the meetings?
                        No need to apologize, the "free" press comments are also an important topic and I am as guilty of Thread Drift as anyone. Concerned citizens, mainly from Algiers Point, are trying to get the media as involved as possible. I'm not there all the time. Rosetree could probably enlighten you more as to the day by day of all this. The whole mess is hurting the lives of a lot of people.

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                        • #27
                          Okay. We are officially protesting. This is a call to arms from my neighbor in The Point. Posting here in case any of you folks on the other side of the river can and will join us. We need your support too.

                          TUESDAY DEC 3, 4pm PROTEST IN FRONT OF THE RTA ON CANAL. Hey neighbors! Hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving. As a heads, myself and a few other business owners in the neighborhood have planned via a meeting with Kristin Palmer, to take this ferry business to the RTA in an old fashioned protest! MEDIA IS PLANNED AND WILL HE ATTENDING. Please, all commuters, business owners, and neighbors who can attend, please come! Bring the kids if you need to! Love all, y’all.

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                          • #28
                            We had a great protest today at the RTA offices. Almost 100 people from the neighborhood braved the traffic on the bridge to come out and voice our displeasure with the whole debacle. I was interviewed by all 3 major news stations and one not as major . Lots of press there. Our CM was there leading the protest cheers. It was a good start to a change in our strategy. No acceptance of the the misdirection and misinformation that is being fed to us by the RTA. Time for the truth and transparency!

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by rosetree View Post
                              We had a great protest today at the RTA offices. Almost 100 people from the neighborhood braved the traffic on the bridge to come out and voice our displeasure with the whole debacle. I was interviewed by all 3 major news stations and one not as major . Lots of press there. Our CM was there leading the protest cheers. It was a good start to a change in our strategy. No acceptance of the the misdirection and misinformation that is being fed to us by the RTA. Time for the truth and transparency!
                              Right on, neighbors! Give 'em hell. Wish I could be down there to help.

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                              • #30
                                Great job! I had to work at 4 or I definitely would have been there. The RTA should be embarrassed by this situation. They own 4 crafts but can't get one on the water? Someone or some people should lose their jobs over this debacle. Pressure needs to be kept on these incompetent losers until this situation is rectified.

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