New Orleans, La. - Mike Connor rides the Algiers Ferry almost every day, but his free ride is expected to jump to two dollars each way when the RTA takes control.
Connor says he doesn't know if he'll be able to afford it.
"It's going to hurt a lot of people," says Connor.
Fay Faron is the founder of ‘Friends of the Ferry'.
The non-profit is starting a campaign to encourage business owners who have employees who depend on the ferry, to get involved.
"The employer can buy a jazzy pass or a transit pass which will be good for ferries, buses and the streetcar for their employees, but they will be reimbursed 100 percent by the federal government," says Faron.
Faron says several employers already reimburse their employees for public transportation costs, but many do not know they can declare the ferry cost as a business expense for tax purposes.
"We're not asking employers to simply buy a pass for people," says Faron
According to the advocacy group, Ride New Orleans, 1.1 million pedestrians use the Algiers Ferry each year and 51 percent of those people ride the ferry to get to and from work.
"That's a huge number on one system," says Faron.
Faron says her worst fear is that people will have to stop riding the ferry and it will eventually stop for good.
"If there isn't enough riders, then the company will not make it and they'll cut the hours and then pull out altogether," says Faron.
She says the Algiers Ferry is too important to the city to close.
According to our partners at City Business, Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson and Councilwoman Kristin Palmer have already teamed up the non-profit group to encourage employers to purchase the passes.