At Last, a Water Taxi on the Potomac

I went through a brief phase a year or two ago touting the virtues of water taxis as a niche transportation option that could take travelers off the road. Water transport is a viable option in Seattle, the San Francisco Bay area and numerous cities around the world. Why not Virginia?

At last, an entrepreneur with a solid track record in river transportation is expanding his water taxi business on the Potomac River. The Potomac Riverboat Co., known mainly for its river cruises, also runs a shuttle between Old Town Alexandria and Georgetown. Now the company is pursuing a new opportunity: linking Old Town with National Harbor, the $2 billion waterfront convention and entertainment destination under construction in Maryland, south of Washington, D.C.

Potomac Riverboat plans to put two 99-passenger boats into service, running every half hour for twelve hours, seven days a week, and charging $12 for the 20-minute crossing, reports the Associated Press.

Said Willem Polak, president of Potomac Riverboat: “The Potomac River is perhaps the most underutilized transportation artery throughout the capital region, and we are excited at the prospect of continuing to expand the breadth of our service to National Harbor.”

(Photo credit: Potomac Riverboat Company.)

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2 responses to “At Last, a Water Taxi on the Potomac”

  1. Anonymous Avatar

    Silly me. I thought this was about a real transportation alternative.

  2. Ray Hyde Avatar

    Even thought the frequency is high these are mostly pleasure excursions.

    Too bad though, there probably is a market for commuter traffic up and downd the river, but you would need a waterfront Metro station to make it work. Even then, the prices would be pretty high.

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