Long Beach

A Queensway Bay water-taxi service that will link this city's downtown with Queen Mary tourist attractions is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Friday.

After a morning ceremony, a single 49-passenger, 37-foot water taxi will begin shuttling passengers twice an hour from the marina at Shoreline Village to the Queen Mary and back. A once-an-hour round trip from the luxury liner to the Queensway Bay Hilton Hotel also will be offered.

Trips will be free for the first week but will cost adults $1 each way beginning June 1, said spokesmen for Catalina Cruises, operator of the taxi. Tickets for children ages 2 to 12 will be 50 cents.

The taxi is scheduled to operate from 10 a.m. until midnight every day.

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