Aug 10th 2020 | Posted in Public-Private Partnerships (P3) by Government Contracting Pipeline

Maryland – The Charles County Board of Commissioners voiced its support for the Northern Virginia Regional Commission’s application for a Marine Highway Grant to support a new ferry system.
MD Potomac Commuter Fast Ferry Local, regional partners seek grant for Potomac River ferry systemThe grant from the America’s Marine Highway Program through the Maritime Administration (MARAD) would help finance a transit alternative on the Occoquan, Potomac, and Anacostia rivers with potential public-private partnership (P3) opportunities.
Plans call for ferry service on a primary route on a marine highway known as the M-495 from Woodbridge, Virginia, to Joint Base Ancostia-Bolling and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. Additional routes would travel to the National Airport, The Wharf, Old Town Alexandria, and other destinations.
A request for information in 2019, solicited information on commuter services and the feasibility of small package freight deliveries.
Infrastructure costs are estimated range from an initial $75 million to $100 million to build docks, parking lots or structures, and ferry vessels. The infrastructure upgrades needed to support ferry service could be publicly or privately financed and could require a P3 for ferry operators servicing the dock.