D.C. area commuters often dream of cruising during their morning drive, and a planned commuter ferry could make that a reality.
The proposed ferry service would initially extend from Woodbridge, Virginia, to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling and the Department of Homeland Security in D.C., along a marine highway the U.S. Department of Transportation is calling the “M-495.”
“We have turned a corner when it comes to commuter passenger ferry service on the Occoquan, Potomac and Anacostia rivers,” said Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi.
Principi said eight studies show there would be sufficient ridership to make the service economically viable, and is technically feasible. In addition, origin and destination points have been planned, and infrastructure costs have been identified.
What comes next is a plan for oversight.
“What would an appropriate form of governance be in order to oversee the operations of safety and the financing of this service that would serve all three of our major jurisdictions in the DMV?” is the current question, according to Principi.
The Northern Virginia Regional Commission and OmniRide have been charged with the task of answering that question. They are working with a stakeholder group of 40 different organization, including military bases on the river.
The stakeholders “share the vision of providing an integrated transit service on the National Capital Region’s underutilized ‘blue’ highway,” according to OmniRide.
Through Dec. 13, the group wants to hear from businesses with experience running commuter ferries.