Water Taxis might be viable for D.C. area, study shows

A water taxi crosses the Potomac River in Washington with the National Harbor complex in Prince George's County.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A study has found that with the D.C. region's growing population and growth in jobs along the water, commuter water taxis across the region's rivers could be economically viable.

The Washington Post reports 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. 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.