Why ferries don't make sense for DC
Re: "Potomac ferry service idea resurfaces" from WTOP radio.
The rivers need to be "better located"--proximate to major activity centers. For example, Downtown is far from the Potomac River. The riverside in Georgetown doesn't serve substantive office districts. The distance between potentially semi-decent water connections on the Anacostia River, either the baseball stadium or Poplar Point, to other activity centers is long. Crossing from Rosslyn to Georgetown makes more sense by other means, etc.
Yes, I-95 has congestion problems but to use the river, you'd need a big boat, and the trip would be long.
cf. ferry systems in the Puget Sound or Greater Boston, on Long Island, in the San Francisco Bay area, etc.
The water taxi system in Baltimore is a perfect example. It's a short distance from Fells Point across the Inner Harbor to the other side. Plus, the bulk of the ridership is tourist.
Some of the new ferries between Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan are doing well enough, especially the Brooklyn stops, but the Queens location isn't well-located and this impacts use.
-- NYC ferries
-- MBTA ferries
-- Washington State DOT ferries