Halifax will be keeping its late night ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays, but the service will be reduced during the week.

Council first recommended restricting service on evenings and weekends in April. City hall said running the ferry late is expensive and few people are using the service.

Starting Aug. 27, the ferry will no longer run after 10:30 p.m. during Sunday to Thursday. The Alderney Ferry will run on a reduced schedule Monday to Friday and there will be no ferry runs before 11:30 a.m. on Sundays.

Regional council voted to maintain the late night weekend service so boats will continue to ferry passengers across the harbour until midnight. The last ferry will leave Halifax at 11:45 p.m.

For many, the ferry is a link between downtown Halifax and downtown Dartmouth, but restricting the service during the day and stopping it after 10:30 p.m could save $282,000 a year, according to officials.