Lynn Shares $28M Ferry Funding
A more than $10 billion transportation infrastructure bill passed by the state Senate on Friday would resurrect the city’s ferry program, which has remained dormant since 2017, with $28 million going to an intracoastal ferry pilot connecting terminals in Salem, Gloucester, Lynn, Winthrop, Quincy, and Boston.
The new initiative could provide some relief for commuters staring down the imminent closure of the Lynn commuter rail station on July 25, as well as the Sumner Tunnel, which connects the North Shore to Boston, which will be fully closed between May and September 2023.
Passengers get off the 6:30 pm ferry at the Blossom Street Extension dock.
Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration shut the city’s ferry down after two years, Crighton said, but officials hope a new administration would be more receptive to water transportation, especially considering much of the infrastructure is already in place in Lynn.
The MBTA operates the Hingham/Hull ferry as well as a ferry from Boston to Charlestown. The Salem ferry, which shuttles commuters from Boston’s Long Wharf to Blaney Street, is operated by Boston City Cruises.