This press release was shared on Senator Tom McGee and Representative Brendan Crighton’s facebook accounts minutes ago, it says of the Lynn Ferry –
“Ferry Service will be offered this summer between Lynn and Boston”
“Funding from MassDOT Enables Service to Begin Tuesday, June 20th”
Press release below video –
Boston, MA– Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, Senator Thomas M. McGee and Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (EDIC/Lynn) Executive Director James Cowdell announced today that ferry service will resume this summer between Lynn and Boston. Funding from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will be providing operational costs for the season, which will allow a ferry to operate weekdays beginning on Tuesday, June 20th, and until Friday, September 22nd.
“We are pleased to able to provide the needed additional resources for the City of Lynn to once again offer this seasonal ferry service, which will give residents and visitors yet another transportation option to and from the City of Lynn,” said Secretary Pollack. “MassDOT had been working for several months to assist the City of Lynn to secure a vessel for future ferry service and develop a sustainable business plan, and this summer’s service will allow the City an opportunity to build ridership. MassDOT is providing this support to the City of Lynn to mitigate the impact of Route 1A and Sumner Tunnel construction on commuters.”
This season’s Lynn Ferry service will consist of one morning peak hour departure from Lynn’s Blossom Street Extension at 7:45 a.m., arriving at Boston’s Long Wharf at 8:20 a.m., and one evening peak hour departure from Boston at 6:00 p.m., arriving in Lynn at 6:35 p.m. The cost for the 35-minute trip is $7 each way; $3.50 for children and seniors. Payment will be made on the boat, with cash and credit cards accepted. There will be food and drink for sale onboard.
“Thank you to Secretary Pollack for her leadership and partnership that has enabled the Lynn Ferry Service to happen once again this summer,” said Senator McGee. “Residents of Lynn and the North Shore will certainly benefit from an affordable and stress-free commute this summer. I look forward to continuing to work with Secretary Pollack on the Water Transportation Advisory Council which is making great progress towards a regional plan from Gloucester to Provincetown, recognizing the untapped opportunities this mode of transportation offers to alleviate congestion on our roads. The Lynn to Boston Ferry Service is a vision that I began promoting in 2000. We have been able to build incredible support, make strategic infrastructure investments, complete a successful two-year Pilot Program, develop a sustainability plan, and secure a grant for a dedicated vessel for the Lynn to Boston route. This significant momentum is not just beneficial for the continuation of service in Lynn this summer, but for advancing the long-term vision of water transportation, with Lynn as a key component, in the entire Massachusetts Bay.”
“We are excited that the Lynn Commuter Ferry is back,” said Jim Cowdell. “The two year pilot program proved that there is a demand on the North Shore for a commuter Ferry out of Lynn. I’d like to thank Senator McGee for securing the funding for this important project”
“The Lynn ferry is helpful to expanding economic and social opportunity in our community,” said Congressman Seth Moulton. “This kind of bipartisan, intergovernmental effort is the exact purpose of the LEAD Team. The ferry will provide access to higher-paying jobs, housing, and opportunity for Lynn. I look forward to continued cooperation with the LEAD team, and further advancements that will help grow our local economy.”
The Lynn to Boston Ferry first began service with a two year pilot program in May 2014. Funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Seaport Advisory Council and in partnership with Boston Harbor Cruises as the operator, the Lynn Ferry completed the second of two years in the pilot program in 2015. During the 2014 season, the estimated total number of rides was 13,322 and during the 2015 season, the estimated number of rider taken was totaled 14,577.
The Lynn Ferry project has been a vision of community leaders for over a decade. It was incorporated into the City’s Waterfront Master Plan in 2007 to maximize planning and economic development. Work toward this vision began in 2008 with a $750,000 grant from the Massachusetts Seaport Advisory Council. This initial funding was used at the designated Blossom Street Extension site for the reconstruction of the boat ramp, improvements to the drainage, pavement of the adjacent lot and demolition of an existing building, both of which had been vacant for over 30 years.
The City’s only owned port facility received another state grant in 2011 for $1.6 million, which was used to improve the deteriorating shoreline and fund construction necessary to extend the existing bulkhead to enhance the waterfront access. These improvements were key to preparing the site for future passenger ferry operations. EDIC/Lynn also invested $750,000, in addition to the more than $2 million in state funding.
After the successful two-year pilot program, the key to continuing this service on a permanent, year-round basis was determined to be the purchase of a vessel dedicated to Lynn’s ferry operations. A dedicated vessel will enable a more robust daily schedule and will better connect employees to jobs, students to institutions for higher education, elders and others to medical resources in Boston, and tourists to a region rich in history and recreational options.
Last spring, in an effort led by Congressman Moulton, and in partnership with state and local leaders, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded a $4.5 million dollar grant for the City of Lynn to purchase a dedicated vessel to support long-term ferry service. Additionally, MassDOT provided technical assistance resources this past winter for the City to develop a long-term sustainability plan for ferry operations, and is currently assisting with the procurement of the vessel.
As MassDOT and its consultants finalize this procurement using the FTA grant funds, this summer’s interim service will allow momentum and ridership to continue to grow. The communities of the North Shore have embraced water transportation for what it offers: convenient, affordable, stress-free commuting that highlights the City of Lynn’s waterfront and its proximity to Boston. As a direct result of federal, state, and local investment in the Lynn site and in operating the ferry, the City of Lynn has already seen economic growth, new commercial and residential developments, and increasing property values as a direct result of access to the ferry service.