River water taxi resumes service
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This article was published 27/07/2009 (5065 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
WINNIPEG – The city’s beleaguered water taxi service, kept high and dry by our soggy summer and swollen rivers, is finally back on the water.
Six River Spirit Water Bus taxis, connecting at least six docks in the city, resumed service on Saturday.
“The river is finally at a favourable level and with warmer weather on the way this great service is looking forward to getting back on the water,” Paul Jordan, chief operating officer of The Forks, said in a statement.
“We know that many of our visitors use the service to come to The Forks, especially on weekends, and that it is an incredibly popular amenity for us to offer.”
A one-way fare from any dock is $3 and day passes, which give passengers unlimited access for that day, are available for $15.
Gord Cartwright, owner of River Spirit Water Bus, told the Free Press last week he does not expect the water taxis to be a money-maker this summer. He estimated he has lost $1 million since his business began in 1993 because of the unpredictability of river levels.
Cartwright said he’s waiting to hear if the province will consider changing the rules of operation for the floodway to regulate river levels in the city.
No reservations are required for the water bus, which runs every 15 minutes along the historic Red and Assiniboine rivers. Docks currently include: Hugo, the Manitoba legislature, Donald Street, The Forks, Norwood, and the Exchange District. The Provencher dock was not operational this weekend and may not be in use this season.