A proposed project could help take cars off Northern Virginia roads.
Details of the Fast Ferry project were unveiled at a town hall Supervisor Frank Principi hosted on Wednesday.
The meeting, held at Harbour View, also focused on the revitalization of North Woodbridge.
Dan Hardy from the Renaissance Planning Group presented on the North Woodbridge Small Area Plan.
Community leaders are hoping to establish a North Woodbridge Town Center and offer multiple modes of transportation.
Fast Ferry is one transportation project that’s being considered.
Launching the commuter service would require “substantial investment,” according to Michael Stevens from Urban Land Institute (ULI).
If the project was approved, officials would need to obtain land, establish interim parking, and construct a dock.
To continue developing the area, a transit facility and a library community facility may be constructed. A pedestrian and bicycle path and nature trail could be created, as well.
The estimated total of the three-phase project is $215 million, with the first phase expected to cost $35 million.
Officials are eyeing the Occoquan Marina as a possible site for the Fast Ferry.
“We’ve heard a lot tonight about why Occoquan,” Principi said. “Clearly, as part of a larger … town center with a public dock and recreational activities, it’s a critical location to put this.”
Principi spoke about the site and presented the results of a report Northern Virginia Regional Commission and Nelson\Nygaard recently released.
“The most important conclusion from this study is that — in fact — we believe that, based on our analysis, we have a Fast Ferry service that is technically feasible, commercially viable, and would be in part of a growing market of passengers who would use it,” Principi said.
If the proposed project is approved, the service would initially offer rides Monday through Friday, during the the morning and evening rush hour.
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