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It was back in April that GM first reported that a company named American River Taxi was planning on introducing a water taxi between Georgetown, the SW waterfront, and Nationals Park. After making promises to start in the spring, nothing more was heard from the company. GM feared that the idea never got off the ground (or into the water, if you will).
While the company originally talked about having taxis service between Georgetown, the SW waterfront, Nationals Park, and Alexandria, it appears that they’re leaving out Alexandria in the initial phase.
According to the new website, it will take 20 – 35 minutes between stops. Moreover, the wait at any one dock for a taxi will not exceed 35 minutes. For this to work, they will need at least three boats running a constant loop.
Once the service begins, it is promised to run from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM M-Th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM Fr, 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM Sat, and 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM Sun.
GM’s still not sure the demand is there to support this venture (particularly for trips to Nationals Park on non-game days), but sincerely hopes it does succeed.
No word yet on when exactly the service will begin or what the fare will be, but GM looks forward to using the taxi to get to and from a Nats game at least once this summer.