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It was announced earlier this week that the US Department of Transportation has awarded a $3.38 million grant to help establish a "fast ferry" service from Alexandria to "the Navy Yard.".
(I've been a bit slow in posting on this because I've been trying to find out whether it's really to "the Navy Yard" (or "the Naval Yard") or to Diamond Teague Park and Piers, which would seem to be the logical location and which was the spot used in the 2009 study of possible service. Haven't come across a firm answer on that in any coverage, but maybe someone else has....)
According to WTOP, the money will be used to buy two ferry boats and operate them during business hours.
WTOP's piece also says that "[g]etting the ferry service off the ground is not a huge technologically complex issue that some would think. But growing it and sustaining it will be more difficult." Prince William County Supervisor Frank Principi, longtime advocate for water-based commuting opportunities, says that it will require partnerships, such as local governments, the military, and the private sector, to sustain the service.
Principi says that the service could be up and running within a year--but there isn't as yet a dock location identified in Alexandria.
UPDATE: As mentioned in the comments, the Post reports today that the destination will be Bolling and St. Elizabeth's (and that's what the actual FTA release says). Maybe earlier reporting was assuming people could swim to the Navy Yard from there.
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202_cyclist says: (6/6/14 3:07 PM)
Who knows? Now the Washington Post is reporting that it is for service from Alexandria to Bolling and Saint Elizabeth's.

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JD says: (6/6/14 3:13 PM)
So I waited for four days and that still wasn't long enough.

"You get a ferry! You get a ferry! EVERYONE GETS A FERRY!"


JD says: (6/6/14 3:36 PM)
Not going to go with the Friday Transportation Trifecta of posts, but I'll note here (as I just did on Twitter) that an e-mail just arrived from the Virginia Avenue Tunnel folks saying that the Final Environmental Impact Statement is expected to be released "in the next couple of weeks."


Tom says: (6/7/14 1:29 AM)
The Post article said it would take one to three years to get a harbor connection up and running at Jones Point (to Bolling). If you live in Old Town and work at Bolling it would be great. Beyond that, it might be easier to just drive across the bridge. What would be more helpful is help relieve congestion on I-95 with a connection down south at Gunston Point and a bit further south at Woodbridge on the Virginia side and Ft. Washington on the Maryland side, and going to both Alexandria and Bolling and Diamond Teague dock. At least its a start and good to see some movement for the long run. I remember the boat captain on the ferry ride to the Nat's game saying that the D.C. gov't was supposed to have someone there with a key to the gate to the dock but that they never showed up. He had made sure he had his own key.

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