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Ferries In Baltimore, Alexandria Receive Federal Funds

A federal grant could bring more ferry service to the Potomac River.
A federal grant could bring more ferry service to the Potomac River.

Passenger ferries in Baltimore and Alexandria are set to receive millions in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

In Baltimore, the city's Department of Transportation will be getting $854,130 to continue the Charm City Circulator Harbor Connector, which connects Harbor View with Harbor East and is free to residents and visitors. The grant will also allow the city to purchase a state-of-the-art, all-electric water taxi and charging station.

In Alexandria, the Virginia Department of Transportation will get $3.3 million for two ferries that would be used to connect Jones Point Park to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Southeast D.C. According to the Federal Transit Administration, which is doling out the money, the ferry will "provide a new transit option for thousands of military and federal employees traveling to the base and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's future headquarters at St. Elizabeths campus."

The FTA announced the grants — totaling $60 million for 26 projects across the country — on Monday.

The ferry connecting Alexandria to Southeast D.C. could be the first among many: In October 2013, a report found that the region could likely sustain multiple ferry routes connecting Alexandria, D.C. and the National Harbor in Prince George's County.

The Alexandria-based Potomac Riverboat Company already offers water taxi service to Georgetown, Nationals Park, the National Mall, and National Harbor. Some of the routes are seasonal.


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