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Old 09-11-2015, 06:57 AM
 
Location: West Hollywood, CA from Arlington, VA
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Alexandria council members upset with ferry plan - WTOP
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The Northern Virginia Regional Commission is looking at a plan that would initiate ferry service up and down the Potomac River to service places such as Southeast and Southwest in D.C., Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Old Town Alexandria, Prince William County and Southern Maryland.

The plan identified Alexandria as a key point in the entire system because of its size and because it offered the greatest time saved for commuters.

However, Alexandria officials are concerned that commuters will just use city streets as parking lots to go work across the river at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.
I have a hard time believing that many people will actually use this ferry service from Alexandria to DC. Southern Maryland and Woodbridge into DC makes a lot more sense if it's actually quick enough.

I work near the Waterfront in SW DC and I don't know a single person who would benefit from a ferry to Old Town.
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Old 09-11-2015, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Self explanatory
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I wonder how the existing water taxi service is doing, if it needs another ferry type of system. I have used it for a couple ball games and like the novelty of it, but don't think of it for commuting purposes.
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Old 09-11-2015, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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They will have to have a lot of ferries, traveling often, and going very fast before this idea will work for commuters instead of just tourists. Not to mention a big parking lot somewhere. The Dandy's lot isn't going to cut it. Whose idea was this, really?
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Old 09-11-2015, 05:24 PM
 
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They will have to have a lot of ferries, traveling often, and going very fast before this idea will work for commuters instead of just tourists. Not to mention a big parking lot somewhere. The Dandy's lot isn't going to cut it. Whose idea was this, really?
The going very fast part isn't going to work. The entire Alexandria waterfront is a NO WAKE zone, as is the Potomac River north of Memorial Bridge. So is the Washington Channel and the Anacostia River.

You are responsible for any damage caused by your vessel's wake in these restricted areas. That's been the law for eons.

Commuter woes notwithstanding, I don't think it will ever become permissible to smash peoples' vessels into piers or seawalls with huge wakes. At least I hope not.
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Old 09-14-2015, 12:29 AM
 
Location: DC
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This is such a dumb idea.
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Old 09-14-2015, 12:30 AM
 
Location: DC
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This is such a dumb idea that it hurts.
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