Council floats on-demand water taxi plans

If you struggle to get a cab in the River City, you could soon be able to hail a water taxi instead, under new transportation plans being considered by Brisbane City Council (BCC).

Brisbane Times has reported future development of river transport and tourism opportunities were being considered by BCC, including the expansion of existing moorings for tour boats to utilise and a fleet of water taxis.

“We have the opportunity to do more. The next evolution in how our city looks at the river is the river access network,” BCC City Planning Branch officer Andrew Taylor said.

Newstead Park, New Fark Park and Howard Smith Wharves have been considered as locations where tour boats could dock.

Mr Taylor said Brisbane water taxis would be strictly on demand so they would not compete with existing CityCats and ferries.

“As a consequence, they’re more flexible and move faster as they are going just from Point A to Point B, the specific places that people want to go,” he said.

“They would be more expensive because of that, and so they’re likely to suit small group travel for business or recreation.”

BCC’s plans also included development opportunities for recreational crafts such as yachts, small boats and jet skis and passive craft including kayaks and paddle boards.