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Milwaukee's Water Taxi starts service May 19

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee's Water Taxi will start operation on Milwaukee's three rivers Saturday, May 19. Water Taxi MKE will provide rides by boat from river bars, public docks, and apartments on the water. Six people at a time can ride in the boat.

Riders are allowed to drink, play your own music, and see the city from the water while exploring Milwaukee.

Customers can text 414-563-7025 with their location and the Water Taxi will respond with availability, then you can purchase tickets on board or online and the taxi will pick you up for the ride.

One of the owners said the idea came from wanting to give people an inexpensive way to see Milwaukee from a different view.

"[We have] Lake Michigan right outside our doorstep and we have three rivers in Milwaukee and people have not been out on the water before so this is great access for people in Milwaukee," Redmond Tuttle said. 

Short trips, which will be to the next stop on the river, are $5 per person. Long Trips are $10 per person and you can go anywhere on the river.

A custom built 19 passenger water taxi is in the works.

Visit www.watertaximke.com for more information.

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