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Alexandria Offers Water Taxi Service on Inauguration Day

Yeah, yeah, the bridges from Virginia to the District will be closed to drivers from the Commonwealth on Inauguration Day Jan. 20. But the water is open. How about a water taxi?

The U.S. Coast Guard approved such that very plan today, according to Visit Alexandria, a tourism organization. The water taxi leaves the Alexandria City Marina at Union and Cameron streets in Old Town and arrives at the SW Waterfront, Pier 4, 600 Water Street , Washington , D.C., the group said. Passengers will disembark one mile from the National Mall and the closest ticketed gate entrance for the swearing-in ceremony, just over one mile from Pennsylvania Avenue, and three blocks from the closest Metrorail station (Waterfront-SEU on the Green Line).

The Potomac Riverboat Company operates the water taxi, which will cost $90 for a round-trip ticket and $50 one-way. They will leave Alexandria for D.C. between 6 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. and return from D.C. to Alexandria from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Monday at www.InauguralWaterTaxi.com. Passengers should plan to be at the docks one hour before scheduled departure to leave time for ticket check in and security screening, the organization said.

By David A Nakamura  |  January 9, 2009; 6:22 PM ET  | Category:  Transportation
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