Project History


People have long sought an easier way to commute from Northern Virginia to Washington, DC. The ongoing analysis of dock locations and potential ferry terminal sites builds on a series of feasibility and market assessments begun by the Virginia Department of Transportation in 1999.



There have been several milestones achieved since 2009, including:

2009 - Potomac Ferry Feasibility and Route Proving Exercise (PWC)

2010 - Fast Ferry Stakeholder Group Established (NVRC)

2013 - Occoquan, Potomac, Anacostia Designated M-495 Marine Highway (MARAD)

2014 - Capital Grant Award (Shoreside Infrastructure) For Passenger Fast Ferry (FTA)

2015 - Marine Highway Leadership Award To NVRC (MARAD)

Nelson Nygaard Market Analysis for Commuter Ferry Service (NVRC)

2016 - Infrastructure Gap Grant Award To NVRC (MARAD)

2018 - Technical Assistance Panel Grant Award To NVRC (Urban Land Institute)

Nelson Nygaard Infrastructure Gap Analysis Study (NVRC)


Previously completed studies

2018 Integrating Fast Ferry Service in Woodbridge - ULI Technical Assistance Panel Presentation

2017 Potomac River Transportation Framework Plan

2015 NVRC Market Analysis for Commuter Ferry Service on the Occoquan, Potomac, and Anacostia Rivers

2009 Prince William County Potomac River Commuter Ferry Service Study & Route Proving Exercise

2001 VDOT Ferry Boat Feasibility Study