A new ferry service that would ferry passengers from downtown Washington, DC to Baltimore and back to Washington could be the answer to the state’s aging ferries.
“We’re going to need to get rid of our ferries, and it’s not going to be as easy as just putting them in the ground,” said Maryland Transportation Authority Executive Director James McCrae.
“It’s going to require a major effort, but it will be necessary.”
A new ferry will need to be built in Maryland in order to replace the old two-decked ferry fleet, which is at least 10 years old.
The agency is proposing to build a new ferry in the Eastern Shore, and that will be the first of its kind in the United States.
The ferry service will operate as a one-hour ferry service between Washington and Baltimore, and would provide a direct connection to the airport and the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
The service would be operated by the Maryland Transportation Authority, the state-run transportation agency, which operates the MDOT’s ferry fleet.
It would cost $3,000 per person per day.
The ferry service would not require a separate ticket to board, and could be operated as a service, McCraes said.
The new ferry would operate on a “freight corridor” that connects the two cities.
McCraean said the service would include two new ferries to connect the Eastern Coast to the western coast of the state.
For example, the ferry service might ferry passengers in from the Eastern Seaboard, and passengers in the Western Seabield, he said.
“The idea is that you would be able to get into Baltimore and go to the Eastern End of Maryland,” McCraef said.
“It would not have to be a one way trip.”
The ferry services that currently serve the Eastern and Western Seaboards are both operated by Maryland Transit Administration (MTA).
One of the ferry companies that serves both is Blue Star Transportation, which serves both of the Eastern Seas.
The other ferry company that serves the Western and Eastern Seas is Blue Stream, which also serves both the Eastern Side and Western Side.
“They’re both in a very similar position to us,” McCreae said.
MTA has already leased the land and property from the ferry company, but the ferry operator is not responsible for maintenance of the ferries and the roads.
The state is also responsible for maintaining the roads and bridges that link the Eastern shore to the Western Shore.
McCrrae said the state was also looking into using other transportation options to replace older ferries that are also not currently used.
One of the other options would be to use the existing Baltimore-Maryland International Thruway (BMIM), which is operated by Baltimore City and has been in operation since 1979.
The Maryland Transit Authority operates the BMIM, which has been operating between Baltimore and Washington since 2001.
Another option for the state would be the Maryland Interurban Mobility Authority (MIA), which operates a service between Baltimore City, Montgomery County, Baltimore and the Maryland National Guard Training Center.MIA operates both the BMim and a service that operates between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.
“We need to see a very rapid and cost effective way to bring these services to Baltimore,” McCrea said.
It is unclear if the new ferry project would be ready to begin operating by 2021.