Final Meeting Reminder

11:00 AM
Fiscal and Management Control Board Meeting.
NOTE: The MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) will vote on the proposed service cuts at this meeting.

Save the Greenbush! Save the Boat!

One way to show the MBTA that the public is paying attention and values ferry and commuter rail services is to submit comments before the FMCB’s meetings.

Before each meeting, submit public comments in one of three ways:

(1) Written comment via email to [email protected] or mailed to the address listed in the agenda.

(2)Voice message comments may be submitted by calling 857-368-1655 and leaving a brief message by 10:00am on the Monday of the meeting.  No more than 3 minutes.

(3)Real-time comments may be made through telephone conference call; please email [email protected] by 10:00am on the Monday of the meeting to sign up.  No more than 3 minutes.


By the Numbers


Proposed Cuts

The proposed cuts range from $65 million to $255 million.


Ridership

The Hingham/Hull ferry accounted for 70 percent of all ferry service hours in 2019


Employment

“At their height (pre-COVID, July of 2019), Boston Harbor Cruises had approximately 140 full- and part-time positions that were directly tied to the MBTA Commuter Ferry Contracts. This includes over 40 highly skilled captain engineer and skilled trade positions.


Ridership

Pre-COVID, daily ridership exceeded 6,000 riders on ferries and 3,000 riders on the greenbush train

 
 
*Video Courtesy of savetheferry.org

The Hingham/Hull Ferry services and the Greenbush commuter rail line are in danger of being eliminated! The MBTA and the Fiscal Management Control Board (FMCB) are considering proposals to eliminate the Hingham/Hull ferry service and drastically reduce the Greenbush commuter rail service.

The FMCB is scheduled to meet virtually to vote on the service cuts on Monday, December 7, 2020.

Ways to Take Action!

Contact Your Local Representative – https://joanmeschino.com/save-our-transit/

Contact Your Local Senator – https://www.senatoroconnor.com/mbta_cuts

Save the Ferry Community Grassroots Effort – https://www.savetheferry.org/

MBTA’s Forging Ahead Website – https://www.mbta.com/forging-ahead

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What People Are Saying…

  • The Greenbush line is an important driver for local business. Daily riders support several local businesses that operate around both the Greenbush and North Scituate commuter rail stations. These businesses are already struggling with the impacts of the COVID-19 virus and would most likely cease operations without the support of the commuter rail stations. The train also brings visitors and tourists to the Town in the summer months which local businesses throughout town are dependent on. The train is a critical part of our local transportation infrastructure and must be maintained for our economy to flourish.
    A Message from the Scituate Board of Selectmen
  • Development and private developers, has been working for years to increase our stock of low- and moderate-income housing. Our affordable housing projects include a 281-unit rental community located directly at the Hingham Shipyard where Ferry service originates, and a 220-unit rental community located across the street from the Shipyard. These rental developments include affordable housing units created under Chapter 40B. The promise to these renters has been easy access to Boston so they can get to work reliably and in a reasonable timeframe without needing a car.
    A Message from the Hingham Board of Selectmen
  • The closing of the Hingham-Hull Ferry would not only have a severe negative impact on those who use the boat on a daily basis, but the extra riders being diverted to the Greenbush Line would put a tremendous amount of stress on the rail service, the station parking lots and the neighborhoods where the stations are located as well. The MBTA's current plan does not address the issue of how they would make up for the elimination of late night and weekend Commuter Rail service, especially for essential workers. Nor have they confirmed that additional cuts would not be made in the future, which is why it is important that residents make their voices heard about the preservation of these services.
    Cohasset Town Manager Christopher Senior
  • These cuts would impact so many people throughout the South Shore, from those who ride the ferry everyday and essential workers who take the Greenbush line on nights and weekends, to local business owners and people who rely on public transportation to get into the city for important medical appointments. We thank those who took part in ‘Ride the Ferry Day’ and encourage everyone to contact the MBTA directly and tell them that the proposed cuts are unacceptable.
    Hull Town Manager Phil Lemnios
  • I've used the Ferry to get to and from work, to go to the doctor, to shop, to dine and even just to enjoy the view. These cuts would be devastating. There's no other word for it.
    Mary C.
  • No red lights. Not getting stuck because someone got into a fender bender. 99% of the time on schedule. Know you will get to work on time. Plus the next generation won’t be saying - I can’t breathe because of air pollution
    Nancy
  • Some view the ferry as a luxury that white-collar types take into Boston when they want to shop downtown or dine in style. The reality is, thousands and thousands of people, of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds, rely on the ferry every day as part of their livelihood. For them, it's not a luxury, it's a necessity.

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