Hull: Officials and commuters rally against MBTA proposal to shut down commuter ferry service

A public meeting at Hull High School was held Wednesday night, to address a proposal by the MBTA to shut down commuter ferries from Hull, Hingham and Quincy.

About 300 people, including state Senator Bob Hedlund, Congressman Stephen Lynch and Hull Selectmen, packed the Hull High School cafeteria, to rally against the plans to discontinue commuter boat service, in an effort to reduce the T’s huge budget deficit.

Hull resident Kathy Murray, who takes the commuter boat to work every day, shared her feelings on the proposal and said, “I’m just outraged that this is the time when the MBTA should be making it easier for people to take public transportation and instead, they’re going to pull service. It’s just – ridiculous!”

Congressman Stephen Lynch said it doesn’t make sense to do away with the commuter boats, especially when ridership is good and the savings from cutting the state subsidy, is relatively small.

“The operator paid for the ferry and maintains and operates the ferry. The state piece is a subsidy per passenger, but it’s relatively small when compared to Greenbush, or any one of the major rapid transit lines. So, why would you cut this?” Lynch said.

Hull selectmen are organizing a grass roots campaign called Save the Ferry, in support of the commuter boats.

The next public meeting on the issue is scheduled for February 8 at 6 P.M., at Hingham Town Hall.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.