Commuters opting to use water transportation as Wando Bridge closure continues

A water taxi will run from Daniel Island to downtown Charleston and back on Wednesday morning and night. (Source: Live 5 News)
A water taxi will run from Daniel Island to downtown Charleston and back on Wednesday morning and night. (Source: Live 5 News)

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - If you're planning your commute and don't want to sit in traffic caused by the Wando Bridge westbound closing, the Charleston Water Taxi could be a good option.

A water taxi will run from Daniel Island to downtown Charleston and back on Wednesday morning and night.

The first water taxi will leave downtown Charleston from the Maritime Center at 7 a.m.  and go back to Daniel Island at 7:30 a.m.

The water taxi will also leave downtown at 5 p.m. to go back to Daniel Island.

Another will leave Daniel Island at the Children's Part at 5:30 p.m. to go back downtown.

Adding the times and location was part of the company's plan to fill the need for alternate transportation.

"Obviously a huge need to alleviate some of that traffic so that's what we're trying to do," said Colby Hollifield with Charleston Water Taxi.

On Tuesday's evening ride from downtown to Daniel Island three people opted to leave their cars at home and take to the water instead.

"It's a great way to get to work, get downtown and avoid the delays. It took me close to four hours last night to get home," said Kelly King.

King said after last night's commute taking the water taxi was a no brainer.

"We were kind of laughing at all the traffic that was up on the Ravenel," said King.

Hollifield said they are planning on running the water taxi Wednesday to help those who want to avoid the roads, and could keep it going as long as the bridge is closed.

"We're running again tomorrow and we're going to take it depending on how long it's out," said Hollifield. "We'll run as much as we can with the water taxi boats for the Daniel Island ferry route."

Hollifield said they're looking at adding some stops at Mt. Pleasant as well and possibly add some trips from Daniel Island to Mt. Pleasant.

"It's going to be an interesting few days when we find out if it is going to be a longer time that it's out. We're going to be running some boats," said Hollifield.

Tickets for the ferry can be purchased here.

Hollifield said there's a Carta bus stop near the boat landing in downtown Charleston as well as city bike rentals, eliminating the fear of not being able to navigate once you get there.

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