May 04, 2009
Potomac River Express: Another Option for Northern Virginia?
04 May 2009
Posted by VAR
There is always a search for more ways to help move the masses of people that commute to and from Washington DC. Northern Virginia has implemented several including HOV lanes on both both major interstates that feed the outer suburbs and the Virginia Railway Express, a commuter railroad that after a slow start has steadily gained popularity.
According to articles in both the Potomac News and Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, a commuter ferry on the Potomac River is to be tested this month. This looks to be a good alternative to commuter rail as its ending destination is the DC waterfron as opposed to the VRE which is currently Union Station. Like the Virginia Railway Express, the ferry will have to overcome initial obstacles such as being on a schedule convenient for the majority of commuters and also at a price point that people and/or employers are willing to pay.
What do you think: Is this another viable way to alleviative congested roadways or just a fad that will fall on its face?