Charleston Water Taxi Testing Daniel Island Ferry

April 4, 2018, 10:52 am EST | Share:

DANIEL ISLAND, SC (CAROLINE BALCHUNAS, WTAT-TV) — Daniel Islanders may soon have a new route on and off the island.

Charleston Water Taxi is taking advantage of the Volvo Car Open by testing a new route taking passengers from Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston to Daniel Island.

For locals like Anita Kosyck, it’s mostly hassle-free. “Traffic and parking is not my favorite thing and this kind of solves both of those issues,” she said. “It’s so convenient for me. I walk, literally walk here.”

She said this was her second ferry ride this week. And this time, she brought friends.

“We’re going to go downtown for lunch and then we’re going to go for a carriage ride and then we’re coming back just in time for the tennis open, so it’s a whole day and this just works perfectly for us.”

Ferries carrying tourists dart across the Charleston Harbor around the clock, but Captain Chip Deaton said the Daniel Island Ferry mostly caters to locals.

“We’ve thought about this for a lot of years and it’s 45 minutes, either way, you by car with traffic or a 20-minute boat ride,” said Deaton. “Especially everybody living and working close to the water, it’s just a small commute to the dock, you have all the medical people downtown, that’s huge and we can pull right into the city marina.”

Deaton said demand is already fueling plans for the Daniel Island Ferry.

“It will be a larger boat, climate controlled with Wi-Fi,” Deaton said. “(It will be) very comfortable for the commuters, back and forth.”

“Absolutely, I’ve told everybody about it and they’re all looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to when it’s more of a regular thing,” Kosyck said.

While the ferry may not be the solution for traffic and long commutes, it could be a solution for some people as early as October.

Happening this week, there are two daily routes scheduled. One at 11:00 a.m. and the other at 5:00 p.m.

Tickets are $15 round trip for adults. Children ages 4-11 are $8 and children ages 3 and under are $5.