City Councilors Sal LaMattina and Bill Linehan filed an order this week for a hearing to develop a ferry network connecting the neighborhoods around Boston Harbor. Waterfront neighborhoods that would be connected include the North End, Downtown, East Boston, Seaport and Charlestown. Councilor LaMattina said,
“I think it is time that we have a serious discussion around this issue. Other cities have water transportation, including NYC which I recently visited.
I can see the Seaport in South Boston from Piers Park in East Boston yet I cannot get there.
I would like to get all of the appropriate agencies in the room so that we can come up with a plan to bring ferries to the inner harbor, once and for all.”
Currently, there is a commuter ferry connecting Long Wharf to the Charlestown Navy Yard. MassPort also operates ferry service to Logan Airport from Long Wharf. In 2014, the Cultural Connector ran service between the New England Aquarium, ICA and Children’s Museum.
The City Council approved the request for a hearing at a to-be-determined date. City and State agencies expected to contribute include the Boston Transportation Department, MBTA, BRA, MassDoT and Massport.