Baltimore Water Taxi

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Baltimore Water Taxi
Locale Baltimore Inner Harbor
Waterway Baltimore Inner Harbor
Transit type Water taxi
Owner Kevin Plank
Operator Harbor Boating, Inc
Began operation 4 July 1975[1] (42 years ago)
No. of lines 5
No. of vessels 13
No. of terminals 17
Daily ridership 16,000,000 over 25 years
Website http://www.thewatertaxi.com/ Baltimore Water Taxi

Baltimore Water Taxi is a water taxi service offering sightseeing and transportation service mainly to points along the Baltimore Inner Harbor.

History[edit]

The Baltimore Water Taxi (BWT) was founded by Edward M. Kane (1931–2003),[2] and for many years known as Ed Kane's Water Taxi. In 2010 it was sold and renamed.[3]

While tourism is the traditional use of these taxis,[4][5] there are increasing efforts to use them as commuter transportation. Here one of the barriers is getting from the dock to the office, and Ed Kane's was one of the first to offer extra ground transportation for this purpose.[6] The city of Baltimore is encouraging this by subsidizing some new routes, some operated by Ed Kane's,[7] but this has in turn been criticized as an inefficient use of taxpayer money.[8]

In 2016, the Baltimore Water Taxi service was purchased by Sagamore Ventures, operated by Harbor Boating, Inc. Under the new ownership, the Baltimore Water Taxi has plans to expand transportation service to Port Covington in South Baltimore.[9]

Routes[edit]

The BWT has five taxi routes and one Harbor Connector route that circulate the Patapsco River from Memorial Day to Labor Day.[10]

  • Red: Two-stop route from Harborplace to Fell's Point.
  • Green: Circulates counterclockwise from Harbor East to Rusty Scupper (stopping at piers 1-5 & 7).
  • Yellow: Circulates counterclockwise from Fell's Point to Tide Point (stopping at piers 4, 7, 8, 10 & 11).
  • Purple: Two-stop route from Fell's Point to Fort McHenry.
  • Blue: Circulates counterclockwise from Captain James Landing to Canton Waterfront Park (stopping at piers 10, 11, 14, & 16)
  • Harbor Connector: Connects Maritime Park to Tide Point and Canton Waterfront Park. Runs Monday thru Friday 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Stops[edit]

As of 2016, the system has five tax lines with seventeen stops throughout the Inner Harbor.[11]

Number Name Location Landmarks Connections
1 Aquarium 501 East Pratt Street
National Aquarium
Baltimore World Trade Center
National Aquarium
Power Plant Live!
     Shot Tower–Market Place
MTA 7, 10, 31
2 Harborplace 201 East Pratt Street
Harborplace
The Gallery
Harborplace Shops
McKeldin Square
USS Constellation
Visitor Center
     Charles Center
Orange Circulator
MTA 7, 10, 19, 31, 119
Baltimore Bike Share Station 5
3 Science Center 601 Light Street
Maryland Science Center
Maryland Science Center
Rash Field
Banner Circulator
MTA 64
4 Rusty Scupper 402 Key Highway
Federal Hill
American Visionary Art Museum
Federal Hill Park
Rusty Scupper Restaurant
Banner Circulator
5 Pier Five Pier 5
Seven Foot Knoll Light
Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology
Pier Six Pavilion
USCGC Taney
     Shot Tower–Market Place
Orange Circulator
7 Harbor East East Falls Avenue/Aliceanna Street
Harbor East
Harbor East Shopping & Dining
Little Italy
Baltimore Bike Share Station 6
8 Maritime Park Thames Street/Block Street
Harbor Poinit
Bond Street Wharf
Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park
Green Circulator
Baltimore Bike Share Station 4
10 Tide Point North end of Hull Street
Locust Point
Tide Point
Latrobe Park
Under Armour HQ
11 Fell's Point Thames Street/Broadway Square
Fell's Point
Broadway Market
Historic Fell's Point
Thames Street Park
14 Captain James Landing 2121 Aliceanna Street
Fell's Point
Captain James Crabhouse
Holy Rosary Church
Patterson Park
MTA 13, 31
16 Canton Waterfront Park 3001 Boston Street
Canton
DuBurns Arena
O'Donnell Square
MTA 13, 31
17 Fort McHenry Constellation Plaza
Fort McHenry
Historic Fort McHenry
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Banner Circulator
MTA 1

See also[edit]

  • Living Classrooms Foundation, was a competitor operating the Harbor Shuttle service in Baltimore's Harbor until closing after an accident in March 2004.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pedley, Brian (2001-07-13). "Baltimore: All aboard for the star-spangled vista". London: The Telegraph, UK. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  2. ^ J. Greff. Fell's Point. Arcadia Publishing. p. 103. ISBN 0-7385-1845-X. 
  3. ^ Daniel J. Sernovitz (Aug 11, 2010). "Ed Kane's Water Taxis under new ownership". Baltimore Business Journal. 
  4. ^ "Baltimore Water Taxi". Visit Baltimore. 
  5. ^ "10 Ways to Get Out on the Water". Maryland Office of Tourism. 
  6. ^ Jennifer Saranow (September 5, 2006). "Cities Encourage Commuters to Take to the Water". The Wall Street Journal. 
  7. ^ "Department of Transportation Launches New Fare Free Water Taxi Service" (PDF). City Of Baltimore. 1 May 2009.  Press Release about free commuter service.
  8. ^ Daniel J. Sernovitz (May 4, 2009). "Baltimore debuts free water taxi". Baltimore Business Journal. 
  9. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2016/10/12/first-of-sagamores-new-water-taxis-hits-the-water.html
  10. ^ http://media.wix.com/ugd/feb908_69a3bcffb6c74e408aae1bd790eae510.pdf
  11. ^ http://media.wix.com/ugd/feb908_69a3bcffb6c74e408aae1bd790eae510.pdf

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