Baltimore Water Taxi
|Locale||Baltimore Inner Harbor|
|Waterway||Baltimore Inner Harbor|
|Transit type||Water taxi|
|Operator||Harbor Boating, Inc|
|Began operation||4 July 1975 (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|
While tourism is the traditional use of these taxis, 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. The city of Baltimore is encouraging this by subsidizing some new routes, some operated by Ed Kane's, but this has in turn been criticized as an inefficient use of taxpayer money.
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.
- 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.
As of 2016, the system has five tax lines with seventeen stops throughout the Inner Harbor.
|1||Aquarium||501 East Pratt Street
|Baltimore World Trade Center
Power Plant Live!
|Shot Tower–Market Place
MTA 7, 10, 31
|2||Harborplace||201 East Pratt Street
MTA 7, 10, 19, 31, 119
Baltimore Bike Share Station 5
|3||Science Center||601 Light Street
Maryland Science Center
|Maryland Science Center
|4||Rusty Scupper||402 Key Highway
|American Visionary Art Museum
Federal Hill Park
Rusty Scupper Restaurant
|5||Pier Five||Pier 5
Seven Foot Knoll Light
|Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology
Pier Six Pavilion
|Shot Tower–Market Place
|7||Harbor East||East Falls Avenue/Aliceanna Street
|Harbor East Shopping & Dining
|Baltimore Bike Share Station 6|
|8||Maritime Park||Thames Street/Block Street
|Bond Street Wharf
Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park
Baltimore Bike Share Station 4
|10||Tide Point||North end of Hull Street
Under Armour HQ
|11||Fell's Point||Thames Street/Broadway Square
Historic Fell's Point
Thames Street Park
|14||Captain James Landing||2121 Aliceanna Street
|Captain James Crabhouse
Holy Rosary Church
|MTA 13, 31|
|16||Canton Waterfront Park||3001 Boston Street
|MTA 13, 31|
|17||Fort McHenry||Constellation Plaza
|Historic Fort McHenry
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
- Living Classrooms Foundation, was a competitor operating the Harbor Shuttle service in Baltimore's Harbor until closing after an accident in March 2004.
- Pedley, Brian (2001-07-13). "Baltimore: All aboard for the star-spangled vista". London: The Telegraph, UK. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
- J. Greff. Fell's Point. Arcadia Publishing. p. 103. ISBN 0-7385-1845-X.
- Daniel J. Sernovitz (Aug 11, 2010). "Ed Kane's Water Taxis under new ownership". Baltimore Business Journal.
- "Baltimore Water Taxi". Visit Baltimore.
- "10 Ways to Get Out on the Water". Maryland Office of Tourism.
- Jennifer Saranow (September 5, 2006). "Cities Encourage Commuters to Take to the Water". The Wall Street Journal.
- "Department of Transportation Launches New Fare Free Water Taxi Service" (PDF). City Of Baltimore. 1 May 2009. Press Release about free commuter service.
- Daniel J. Sernovitz (May 4, 2009). "Baltimore debuts free water taxi". Baltimore Business Journal.
- Discover Baltimore
- Waterfront Tech
- Baltimore Harbor: A Pictorial History
- Atlanta Business Chronicle