Study: D.C.-Area Water Taxis Could Be Viable

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013  |  Updated 7:33 AM EDT
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Study: D.C.-Area Water Taxis Could Be Viable

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Could water taxis be added to the many ways D.C. commuters get to work? A study has found that with the region's growing population and growth in jobs along the water, the area could benefit from just that.

The study found enough demand to support daily service for at least four of two dozen possible routes across the Potomac, Anacostia and Occoquan rivers, making water taxis economically viable. According to The Washington Post, the service could be operated by a public entity or as part of a public-private partnership.

Several area jurisdictions and the Potomac Riverboat Co., which operates passenger boats out of Alexandria, commissioned the report by Seattle-based Nelson Nygaard Consulting.

Tim Payne, a principal at the firm, told the Northern Virginia Regional Commission last month that short connections among Alexandria, Reagan National Airport, National Harbor and the District are worth pursuing.

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