By Adam Swift
There was plenty of good news on the Winthrop Ferry front this week, as the ferry officially launched for the season on Tuesday.
The town added a brand-new terminal to its ferry route at Logan Airport. The inclusion of this stop will provide hundreds of residents the opportunity to make their daily commute to work at Logan without traveling through the roads of a local neighborhood.
On Tuesday, there was an initial ferry ride celebrating the start of the season and the new Logan stop that included a number of Winthrop, Quincy, and the state.
Among those representing Winthrop were state Senator Lydia Edwards, state Representative Jeff Turco, and Town Manager Tony Marino, as well as Massport CEO Lisa Wieland.
Edwards recently announced that the state Senate budget includes $1 million for lower Winthrop Ferry fares and to add the stop at Logan.
â€œAn incredible win for the Town of Winthrop includes $1 million allocated to subsidize ferry services while the Sumner Tunnel is closed July 5 â€“ August 31,â€ stated Edwards. â€œNotably, the Winthrop Ferry will now make a stop at the Logan Airport Ferry Terminal, making travel from East of Boston to Downtown Boston more accessible and dependable. Investing funds in these ferry services will provide a much-needed alternative method of transportation for residents and is set to decrease traffic congestion on neighborhood roads.â€
More information on schedules and fares is available online at winthrop.ma.us/ferry.
Downtown Boston ferry stops are located behind the New England Aquarium and in the Seaport District at the pier behind the ICA. Logan Airport docks are behind the Hyatt Harborside Hotel with shuttle service to the airport.
General passenger tickets are $8.50 one way, and the commuter runs are $6 one way. There are military, student, and senior discounts.