Ferry Boat Feasibility Study

Prepared for:

Virginia Department of Transportation
Transportation Planning Division

Prepared by:

ATCS, P.L.C.
April 2000

Study Team

Client

Virginia Department of Transportation
Transportation Planning Division
K.E. Lantz, Jr., P.E. – State Transportation Planning Engineer
Katherine A. Graham – Project Director
Rahul Trivedi – NOVA Liaison

Consultant

ATCS, P.L.C.
William A. Caruthers, Jr. P.E.
Michael D. Kidd – Project Manager
Robert Kuhns – Project Planner
Mark MacIntire – Project Engineer, P.E.

Subconsultant

SG Associates
Frank Spielberg, P.E.

BMI
Phillip Shapiro, P.E..
Michelle Smith

Travesky & Associates
Marie Travesky

LAWGIBB
Phil Collins
Brian Arrowsmith
Walter Wohleking
Richard Pratt

Table of Contents

Executive Summary
Previous Ferry Initiatives
Study Corridor
Study Corridor Growth
Alternatives Studied
Ferry Service Plan
Conclusions
Recommendations
Recommendation One
Recommendation Two
Recommendation Three

Chapter 1 - Introduction
Purpose
Previous Ferry Initiatives
Study Corridor
Study Corridor Growth
Study Corridor Travel
Need

Chapter 2 – Market Potential
Demographic-Based Ferry Market Potential
Travel-Based Ferry Market Potential
Summary

Chapter 3–Preliminary Development of Ferry Service Alternatives
Potential Termini
Potential Routings
Evaluation of Alternative Routes
Market Potential
Travel Time
Capital Costs
Transportation Demand Management Potential
Environmental Considerations
Terminal Accessibility
Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 4 – Design Year Travel Demand Forecasts
Study Area
Current Future Year Travel
Modal Characteristics
Bus Service
Rail Service
Ferry Service
Access and Distribution
Travel Forecasting Methodology
Scenarios Tested
Patronage Forecasts for "Reasonable" Scenarios
Impacts on Highway Travel
Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 5 – Landside Infrastructure Analysis
Woodbridge
Site Evaluation
Access to Public Transportation
Collection/Distribution System
Environmental Impacts
Necessary Improvements
Fort Washington
Site Evaluation
Access to Public Transportation
Collection/Distribution System
Environmental Impacts
Necessary Improvements
Navy Yard
Site Evaluation
Access to Public Transportation
Collection/Distribution System
Environmental Impacts
Necessary Improvements
Pentagon
Site Evaluation
Access to Public Transportation
Collection/Distribution System
Environmental Impacts
Necessary Improvements
Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 6 – Waterside Operation Analysis
Vessel Specifications
Potential Boat Manufacturing Yards
Oversight Agencies
U.S. Coast Guard
District of Columbia
Maryland
Virginia
Navigational Aids
Waterside Operational Issues
Environmental Impacts of Waterside Operations
Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 7 – Ferry Service Modeling
Service Profiles
Patronage Projections
Landside Capital Needs and Costs
Waterside Capital Needs and Costs
Operating Costs and Optimum Fare Structures
TDM Benefits
Vehicle Ferry Potential
Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 8 – Ferry Service Plan
Service Levels
Infrastructure Needs and Costs
Patronage Projections
Analysis of Existing Publicly Operated Ferry Services
Financial Projections
Operating Authority
Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 9 – Public Involvement Activities
Mailing Database
Study Brochure
Regional Market Survey
Technical Information Meeting
Meetings with Private Sector, Agency and Government Representatives
Press Advisories
Newspaper Advertisement
Citizen Information Meeting

Chapter 10 – Conclusions and Recommendations
Background
Study Findings
Study Conclusions
Recommendations
Recommendation One
Recommendation Two
Recommendation Three
Phase I
Phase II
Phase III

List of Figures

1-1 Study Area Map
2-1 Year 2000 Travel Patterns
2-2 Year 2010 Travel Patterns
3-1 Potential Termini
3-2 Refined Potential Termini
3-3 Speed-Restricted Areas
3-4 Travel Time Comparisons
4-1 Destination Areas
4-2 Origin Areas
4-3 Projected Daily Ferry Patronage Woodbridge-Navy Yard
5-1 Woodbridge Site Map
5-2 Woodbridge Site Photographs
5-2 Woodbridge Site Photographs Continued
5-3 Fort Washington Site Map
5-4 Fort Washington Site Photographs
5-4 Fort Washington Site Photographs Continued
5-5 Navy Yard Site Map
5-6 Navy Yard Site Photographs
5-6 Navy Yard Site Photographs Continued
5-7 Pentagon Site Map
5-8 Pentagon Site Photographs
8-1 Ferry Ridership Trends

List of Tables

1-1 Projected Employment Growth
2-1 Household Distribution in Origin Areas
2-2 Employment Distribution in Destination Areas
2-3 Potential Mode Shift Scenarios
2-4 Year 2000 Market Potential
2-5 Year 2010 Market Potential
3-1 Proposed Termini – Previous Ferry Studies
3-2 Travel Time Estimates
3-3 Estimated Capital Costs
3-4 Select Link Analysis Daily Auto Vehicle Trips
3-5 Terminal Accessibility
3-6 Evaluation Matrix
4-1 Employment Districts
4-2 Residential Areas
4-3 MWCOG Work Trip Data Used in Analysis
4-4 Summary of Forecasting Scenarios
6-1 Vessel Capacity Analysis
6-2 Typical Vessel Specifications
6-3 Potential Manufacturers
7-1 Service Profile for Alternatives
7-2 Patronage Forecasts for Alternatives
7-3 Landside Capital Costs
7-4 Waterside Capital Costs
7-5 Patronage Projections at Alternative Fares
7-6 Final Service Profiles
8-1 Preliminary Schedule – 20 minute Service
8-2 Preliminary Schedule – 30 minute Service
8-3 Preliminary Schedule – 60 minute Service
8-4 Estimate of Capital Costs
8-5 Patronage Projection
8-6 Mode Splits
8-7 Operating Cost Ratios
8-8 Operating Projections
8-9 Subsidy and Farebox Recovery


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