Water Taxi Your Way Around The Twin Ports; Maybe Not Far Off

By KBJR News 1

April 29, 2013 Updated Apr 30, 2013 at 12:45 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Biking from Superior's Wisconsin Point to Duluth's Park Point can take nearly an hour...but now a group of UW–Superior Students have found a way to cut that time in half.

The months–long UWS Water Taxi feasibility study results have been released.

The Water Taxi would be useful for pedestrians, runners, beach users, and of course...tourists, visiting the Twin Ports.

The UW–Superior Students learned that a ferry, or Water Taxi connecting the high tourist zones, would benefit both side of the twin ports from a congestion stand–point.

Getting through Canal Park in the summer can be quite timely and challenging by automobile.

The Students' findings indicate those coming from Wisconsin can park at Barker's Island and taxi across to park point and go swimming for the day or even visit the shops near Duluth's Lake walk.

The team from UWS says it's done the work surrounding the physical feasibility of the Water Taxi System, project leaders just need the idea to get off the ground.

"We need somebody to pick it up and run with the operational study. That's what we are hoping somebody comes here tonight and will have interest and want to take it and run the operational study and make it happen," Bryce Harp, UW-Superior Student, said.

"So we think it's going to work both ways. It would really kind of open up the two communities in a unique way," Joe Radtke, Barker's Island Marina, Manager, said.

Joe Radtke says if the Water Taxi were to be implemented, it would be a win–win for both cities.

Superior invested heavily into Barker's Island several years ago, and this style of transportation link would be an economic plus.

No investors have expressed serious interest in the water taxi concept, so it's still up in the air.

The students presenting their findings were from the Urban Planning and Transportations Systems 2013 class.

There are already marinas and docks at each of those locations, making the ferry or water taxi accessible to each area.

Justin Reis, NNC.