The Winthrop Ferry service remains suspended until mechanical repairs can be made to one of its engines.
The town is still awaiting delivery all of the necessary parts for the repair. Tanji Cufini, who manages the ferry, said the engine, covered by warranty, has been ordered from Cummins NE.
“We are currently working on alternative service while the equipment is down,” said Town Council President Ron Vechia. “ We are having ongoing discussions with local ferry operators in the Greater Boston area to possibly take over the service that has been very popular with many local residents.”
And what is in the ferry’s future?
“It has always been my desire not to have the Town overseeing the operation and the costs associated with it, but rather have a local operator contracted to run it for the town. It has proven to be an alternative to sitting in rush hour traffic that has become impossible of late.”
Ferry service is anticipated to be suspended through the end of next week. All prepaid tickets have been credited. “We thank you for your continued patience, cooperation and continued support of the Valkyrie. We sincerely regret any inconvenience that this interruption in service has caused and we are working hard for a solution for our riders,” said Town Manager Austin Faison.