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Commuter Ferry Service
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A market analysis performed for the Northern Virginia Regional Commission has found that commuter ferry services on the Occoquan, Potomac and Anacostia Rivers has a sustainable market and, through earlier studies is feasible.  The study was conducted by Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates.
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Fast Ferry Summit
On Thursday, October 22, 2015, join us to learn about efforts to launch fast ferry service in the Northern Capital Region.  The Summit will be from 7:30 am - 4:00 pm with Ferry Ride and Networking at 5:00 pm.  The Summit will be held at U.S. Maritime Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC  20590. Space is limited.   Click to register



The Project

As the Washington Metropolitan area continues to suffer from one of the worst traffic problems in the nation, it becomes clear that reducing congestion in the region will require a multimodal approach. While many of our highways and Metrorail lines are consistently overburdened by commuter traffic, our many waterways remain an untapped resource. The Potomac River Fast Ferry Project was conceived of as a transportation alternative to existing infrastructure for commuters, tourists, and military personnel. 

[In cities around the nation,] ferries are providing viable commuter options, driving economies, connecting communities and business districts along and near the water, and reducing congestion and emissions… The commuter ferry is a logical next step for our region’s transportation system.” — Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, Maritime Administrator, US Department of Transportation

Read More About the Project from the Washington Post


Project Timeline

October 2015:
US Marine Maritime Administration will host a Fast Ferry Summit that will include an update regarding the latest market analysis, a best practices panel of national experts, and a demonstration on the water. Check back to the website for more information regarding the Summit.

June 2015: The NRVC released the Final Market Analysis Report for Commuter Ferry Service on the Occoquan, Potomac, and Anacostia Rivers. This report identified six corridors connecting seven terminals with the potential for market viability. Learn More 

May 2015: NVRC was designated by US Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony R. Foxx as a recipient of the America’s Marine Highway Leadership Award for its role in advancing the Fast Ferry Project. Learn More 

September 2013: U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx designated the M-495 as
a new Marine Highway. The Occoquan, Potomac, and Anacostia Rivers make up the “M-495
Marine Highway Crossing.” Learn More 

March 2010: NVRC formed the Commuter Ferry Stakeholders Group to coordinate efforts for
advancing the project. The group is comprised of local, state, and federal elected officials,
representatives of the military, and members from the public and private sectors. 

September 2009: Prince William County Department of Transportation released the Potomac River Commuter Ferry Service Study and Route Proving Exercise, which found that a Potomac River ferry operation has the potential to offer a commuting option that is competitive with existing options. Learn More

April 2000: Virginia Department of Transportation conducted a feasibility study of a high-speed commuter ferry service between a variety of terminal points on the Potomac River. Learn More 

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