WHITE CASTLE, La. – State transportation officials announced yesterday the White Castle ferry is back in operation, after being out of service in drydock since June, roughly one month later than was scheduled. The ferry needed repairs to its propeller shaft, but issues in finding drydock space, and the discovery of more damage than was originally known, pushed back the date of resuming operation.
There is some question, however, of how long the ship will remain in service. Legislative leaders here in Louisiana are looking at ending some ferry service as a way to save money. According to this article in the Advocate, taxpayers are subsidizing the White Castle ferry to the tune of some 98 percent of each passenger trip:
DOTD spokeswoman Amber Leach told the paper: “The White Castle ferry carries approximately 150 to 200 vehicles per day and costs taxpayers approximately $28 per trip for every vehicle.” The round-trip fare on the ferry is just $1.
The transportation department currently plans to end White Castle ferry service in January 2013, but awaits legislative approval.