Water Taxis Would Benefit Local Commuters, Study Says

Why sit in traffic when you could feel the wind in your hair?

A new study says commuting via ferry could make sense in the D.C. area. Water taxi services could be financially viable on the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, according to a recently released report commissioned by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission.

Willem Polak, owner of the Potomac Riverboat Company, regularly sells out trips to Washington Nationals games and to National Harbor. He said he's eager to grow his business to people traveling to and from Southeast and Southwest D.C., Reagan National Airport and beyond.

"As 295 continues to get backed up, what a great way to get people from Alexandria over to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling," he said.

Alexandria Acting Deputy City Manager Emily Baker said she wanted to know more about where ferry passengers would park if service were expanded.

"Having the Potomac River here in the region certainly is an intriguing form of transportation, we just want to see some more study done," she said. "We have some questions here that haven't been answered, such as what are the impacts on the neighborhood here along the river?"

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