Tuesday, September 10, 2002

Water taxi offers ride for next home game

        COVINGTON - Because of a last-minute problem with where the first Covington Landing Bengals Shuttle could land Sunday in Hamilton County, riders who held on to their ticket stubs can take the next water taxi for free.

        “Their tickets are good for the next (Cincinnati Bengals home) game in three weeks,” said Tom Steidel, Covington assistant city manager.

        Mr. Steidel said shuttle sponsors learned late Friday that because of paperwork problems, they would have to land the boat under the Suspension Bridge, about 200 to 300 yards from Paul Brown Stadium.

        That problem will be resolved by the next Bengals home game, and the taxi will be able to land at the old Star of Cincinnati landing about 50 yards from the stadium, he said.

        A schedule of the boat's departure and arrival times will be distributed to riders when the next shuttle operates, Mr. Steidel said.

        About 450 people rode the inaugural shuttle operated by BB Riverboats, Mr. Steidel said.

        The cost is $2 per person for a round trip, and parking is available in the RiverCenter garage for $2 all day Sunday. Valet parking is available for $3.

        The water taxi will operate during the Bengals' seven remaining regular season home games.


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