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Council approves fares for Orleans ferries

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - There soon will be no more free rides on the ferries that carry commuters and tourists across the Mississippi River at New Orleans.

New Orleans' City Council voted Thursday to impose a $2 one-way fare for the vessels, beginning Oct. 1. The vote also sets prices for various multi-day passes.

Tolls on the nearby Crescent City Connection bridge once subsidized the ferry service but that funding source is gone.

The vote for the fare system was 7-0.

Council members expressed worries about the effect on low-income workers in the hospitality industry. Regional Transit Authority manager Justin Augustine said the authority will encourage employers to help pay their low-income employees' fares. He said the authority is examining federal tax incentive plans to aid such efforts.

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