"Meanest MBTA ferry customer I have ever shared a shared a boat with," Nathan Peyton reports.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports state transportation officials are looking at possible routes for a ferry that would shuttle between the downtown/North End side of the Harbor, the South Boston Waterfront and the East Boston/Charlestown side of the briny shallow. The exact routes and stops are still under study.
Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina says he sometimes gets frustrated with the otherwise beautiful view from Piers Park in East Boston: He can see the Seaport in South Boston, but knows the only way to get there by public transportation is via three subway lines and a bus. Read more.
In Karhide, on the planet Gethen, ferry voyages always include an icebreaker sent ahead.
In Hingham harbor, as well.
A Boston-to-Lynn ferry ran aground off Nahant shortly before 8 p.m., according to Steve Deveau, one of the passengers aboard it.
Deveau reports the ferry was the Cetacea, the same ship whose passengers spent a night in the harbor last month when its propeller became entangled in a cable at an LNG offloading area off Nahant.
Deveau says unlike that ill-fated trip, he and his fellow passengers were offloaded around 10 p.m.
The Boston Business Journal reports Lynn is looking to hire a company to run a ferry to Boston this year.
The T's started soliciting bids from companies willing to bolster WiFi service on the Purple Line and ferries in exchange for advertising opportunities, starting with painting over the AT&T logos now on the sides of commuter-rail trains (unless, of course, AT&T bids and wins). According to a T press release:
No, not because Massport would want to buy some 40-story ferryboats if it agrees to take over ferry service from the MBTA but because the FAA is concerned the authority might use some of its airport revenue to subsidize commuter boats, Jon Chesto reports. T officials have floated the idea of handing the ferries over to Massport as a way to keep them running as the T runs out of money.
Also see: Riders of the Hull ferry talk about the proposed end of their commute:
Wicked Winthrop reports the town's gotten a $950,000 federal stimulus grant to start ferry service to and from Rowe's Wharf.
Looks like the extra revenue from the increase in the sales tax won't cut it for T officials, who have scheduled hearings on possible fare hikes of nearly 20%. Basic CharlieCard fares would go from $1.70 to $2.00, while bus fares would rise from $1.25 to $1.50. Commuter-rail riders would also see increases.
The T announced today its ban on employee cellphone use - and possession - has been extended to commuter-rail, ferry and Ride vehicles, as well as operators of private buses under contract to the T.
Jeff Weeks was on the ferry from Salem as it raced to Boston before a storm.
Copyright Jeff Weeks.
The MBTA has begun experimenting with a system that lets commuter-rail and ferry riders pay for parking by cell phone instead by rolling up all those dollar bills to stuff into those tiny slots at parking lots.
The new system, at parking lots along the Kingston line and at the Quincy and Hingham commuter-boat terminals, lets riders set up accounts and then dial a toll-free number to have the day's parking fee charged to their credit cards:
Upon creating a free pay by phone account, customers call the toll free number from their mobile phone, key in the location and parking numbers, and the parking fee is charged to their credit/debit card.
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