Canal Street ferry set for $10 million facelift

Canal Street ferry set for $10 million facelift

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will join other city leaders and transportation officials to celebrate a multi-million dollar grant earmarked for a new Canal Street ferry terminal.

The grant -- $10 million – comes from the Department of Transportation's Investment Generating Economic Recovery Competitive Grant Program or TIGER.

The program -- $4.6 billion over seven rounds -- was designed to fund transportation projects around the country that achieve national objectives, according to a description on the Department of Transportation web site.

Projects can be road, rail, transit and port-related. The grants are judged on criteria including safety, economic competitiveness, a state of good repair, quality of life and environmental sustainability.

The Canal Street/Algiers Point Ferry has been in operation since 1827 and runs from the east to the west bank of the Mississippi River.

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