Action Urged to Continue Harbor Islands Ferry Service

Photo/Boston Harbor Island Alliance

Discussion continues about the MBTA’s proposed dramatic service cuts, which could include the elimination of ferry service from Quincy and Hingham, as well as fare increases as a means to balance the MBTA’s budget as of July 1, 2012.

The Boston Harbor Island Alliance has sent letters to officials urging them not to discontinue service to the islands.

Here is an excerpt:

“…Boston Harbor Island Alliance is a nonprofit organization that promotes public awareness and use of the magnificent Boston Harbor Islands national park area. On behalf of the various public owners of the islands, we hold the contract for ferry service to the islands. BHIA is thus keenly aware of both the importance and the growing popularity of good ferry service on Boston Harbor … It would be a terrible mistake to reduce public ferry service now and reduce the amount of usage the harbor gets; we should be doing everything possible to capitalize on all the earlier public investment by driving ever more people to the harbor. That means, if anything, expanding public ferry service, not contracting it….”

The BHIA urges the pubic to attend one of the public hearings scheduled by the MBTA, or submit written comments.

MBTA Public Hearing Schedule

Public comments can be emailed to:

Current Ferry Schedule South of Boston, North of Boston, and Harbor Islands

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