Looking for a Metro alternative during the shutdown? Business hopes you'll give water taxi a try

With the major Metro shutdown looming, getting to work either by rail or road could be a little tricky this summer, which is why one business is hoping you'll give the water a try.

The Potomac Riverboat Company is adding seven new weekday routes between 6 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. all because Metro service is slowing down in less than one week. These new routes will pick back up the morning after Memorial Day all in an effort to speed your commute back up.

Now, the water taxi won't get commuters everywhere. They have four destinations total, and the new special routes mostly run between Old Town Alexandria and The Wharf.

As for cost, they've got a couple of options including $10 round-trip commuter tickets that are good for weekdays during the shutdown. They've also got a commuter pass, that goes for $199, and is good any day and any time through the end of the year.

"If you're going to use it five days a week, that's a very affordable option," said Mary Rinaldo with the Potomac Riverboat Company.

Some commuters FOX 5 talked to Monday said - especially if they're out of options -- they're happy to give it a try.

"I know that everybody's not taking the water taxi, but it's a good ride. Of course, I would," said John Hall.

There is a chance that these new commuter routes could become permanent. The company says they needed special permission to run them, which they only got because of the Metro shutdown, however, if things go well, maybe they get to keep them.