Commuters can call a cab to cross the sea to their destination, rather than negotiate the road traffic, with the launch of a water taxi service that ferries passengers from Valletta waterfront to Sliema for €5.
The latest service has already transported 3,500 passengers in its three weeks of operation, by word-of-mouth advertising alone, showing the market was growing, according to Transport Minister Austin Gatt.
Amid scepticism, five licences for water taxis have been issued to three operators since 2009, he said yesterday, describing the service as part of the “modal shift” in travelling.
Works on the Barrakka lift, connecting the waterfront to the capital, are scheduled to start in August after the government hands over the site next week, Dr Gatt said.
The plans for the vertical connection had been changed about three times but it is scheduled to be in place towards the end of 2012. Read more: