Imagine heading to Long Beach Island without the dreaded weekend traffic along Route 72, across the Causeway, and along Long Beach Boulevard.

That dream might become a possibility.

LBI Tours, in conjunction with the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. is testing the idea with two free trips departing the Tuckerton Seaport on Saturday. 

The trips are scheduled at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The boat, which is full for both trips, will cruise through the Tuckerton Creek and across the bay to Morrison's Dock Beach Haven and return an hour after arriving.

Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce CEO Lori Pepenella tells The SandPaper that the idea has been at least 10 years in the making.

"The project this week is a 'beta' test to gauge the ridership experience and help determine launching times, scheduling, public interest and whether creating a water taxi in 2018-2019 is feasible," she told the newspaper.