The company that has taken over operation of the Algiers and Chalmette ferries will begin collecting fares from pedestrians on Sunday.
The charge will be $2, one-way.
Service is being provided by Veolia Transportation, the French company that operates buses and streetcars for the RTA.
The state has agreed to provide a $5.5 million subsidy over the first two years.
Veolia has yet to reveal a timetable for restoring late-night and early morning service on the Algiers Point-Canal Street ferry.