The MBTA has released a proposal that would eliminate commuter boat service for Hingham and Hull as of July 1, 2012.
Read the proposal here
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What are the impacts if the ferry is stopped?
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Environmental and Traffic Impacts
• Traffic Congestion - 3,500 daily ferry riders will be immediately displaced. This will have a severe impact on the environment and the congestion of Route 3.
• Polluted Air and Wasted Petroleum - The 3,500 daily ferry riders will have to travel, on average, an additional 5 - 10 miles to take the Quincy ferry or MBTA train. This will result in an annual average of 17 MILLION additional miles traveled by car and an additional 111,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere - just in Hull and Hingham alone!1
• Loss of Federal Funding - There has been a significant financial investment by the state, federal government and people living in the Hingham Shipyard (many people just bought condos in this new development with the understanding that they have quick access to Boston) because it’s an intermodal community. By shutting down this service, Hingham (and Massachusetts) will be losing promised federal money earmarked for intermodal transportation.
• Loss of Infrastructure Improvements - The Town of Hull received a FHWA Ferry Boat Discretionary Program grant of $550,000 with a Town match of $220,000 to upgrade access to the Pemberton Pier Commuter Ferry. The federal funding may not be available to Hull if the ferry is stopped.
• Reduction of Property Values - The Town of Hull is the fourth poorest community on the South Shore. Hull's median household income of $52,377 is significantly lower than the Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) median income, which is $74,200 (2000 Census). By shutting down the ferries and Hull town ride, this will have significant negative impact on the town’s economy and property value.
• Declining Businesses - Many people take the ferries out from Boston to shop and dine in the shipyard. People also take the ferries out to long wharf and shop in the North End. This will cause a negative economic impact for businesses in Hingham, Hull, and Boston.
• Reduction of Health Care Access for Elderly and Poor - Many elderly and hourly-wage employees depend on the ride/bus service in Hull to travel to Hingham to get to work and doctors’ appointments. With both proposed plans, this service is being cut along with the ferries. What happens to these people if they lose their jobs or cannot get to their medical providers? Think about the repercussions.
• Difficulty for Parents to Care for Children in Need - Transit time for commuters to Boston will increase from approximately 25 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes. What happens to parents who need to return back to Hull to take care of children or other dependents?
1 - Numbers generated using average CO2 emissions from http://EPA.gov.