Scituate: State Representative Jim Cantwell meets with selectmen on MBTA proposal to cut commuter ferry

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State Representative Jim Cantwell appeared before the Scituate Board of Selectmen Tuesday night to talk about the MBTA’S proposal to discontinue subsidizing commuter boats from Hull, Hingham and Quincy.

Cantwell informed selectmen that MBTA General Manager Jonathan Davis will be boarding a ferry to listen to riders concerns regarding the T’s proposal.

“The general manager just announced that he will come on February 3, to ride on the ferry and talk with people about how important it is to them and to see what we can do to maintain a subsidy. If the subsidy is not maintained, essentially every ride will go from $6.00 to a little over $9.00 per ferry ride,” Cantwell said. 

Scituate Selectman Joe Norton says the MBTA should consider cutting back weekend service on the Greenbush Line, instead of cutting commuter boat subsidies.

“On the weekends there’s four or five trains in and out or whatever it is and for all practical purposes, they’re empty. When I say empty – they’re empty! You won’t find three people leaving Greenbush Station on any one of those trains. Is that being looked at to cut that out? We would hate to see the subsidy taken away from a valuable service like the ferry boat, yet continue with these foolish practices!” Norton said.

Representative Cantwell invited people to email him with any concerns about the proposal to cut commuter ferry subsidies, at james.cantwell@mahouse.gov.

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.