MBTA Cancels Quincy Ferry Service – What Will This Mean for the Harbor Islands?


As most Bostonians have known for a while, big changes are coming to the MBTA. But who could’ve guessed it would affect transportation to the Boston Harbor Islands? According to an article in today’s Boston Globe, ferry service to the Islands from Quincy will be permanently canceled. MBTA officials blamed the ferry terminal’s “dangerously poor conditions” and “exorbitant” repair costs, which would total around $15 million to make the terminal usable for the next five years. The property will be sold and extra ferry services from Hingham will be added.

So what will this mean for visitors to the Boston Harbor Islands? According to the Globe article, it doesn’t seems as is it’s causing much worry for some: “Sheila Green, a spokeswoman for Boston Harbor Cruises,  which runs the South Shore ferries for the MBTA, said former Quincy boat commuters have been riding the Hingham boats ‘and it’s worked out really well. We appreciate the cooperation from the MBTA.'”

Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands by Christopher Klein 3dTime will tell what the long-term implications of the closing will be, but we’ll be keeping an eye on how things pan out once the Harbor Islands’ busy season begins in May!

For more on the island, pick up a copy of Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands by Christopher Klein. To help you explore the islands on the go, download our free smartphone app.

Ferry image courtesy of helloboston.com


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