Maureen Geary, Director of Government & Business Relations for the City of Quincy, discusses the Marina Bay Ferry Service.
Ferry Service Has a NEW Fall Schedule
Effective on September 6, 2016
QUINCY – The Marina Bay Ferry/Winthrop Ferry service has implimented a new fall schedule that will take effect on September 6, 2016. Please feel free to down the PDF Version of the Fall schedule below.
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Effective September 6, 2016
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City of Quincy
Office of the Mayor
Ferry Service Launches Monday, August 1
Tickets available online later this week
QUINCY – The Marina Bay Ferry will make its maiden trip to downtown Boston at 7 a,m. on Monday, August 1
City and state officials today launched a website, www.mbferry.com, and a Facebook page, with details about the 3-month trial program, ticketing links and schedule information. The service is a new partnership between the City of Quincy, state officials and the Town of Winthrop, which launched its municipally run ferry earlier this year.
The program will provide service from Squantum Point Park at Marina Bay to Rowes Wharf in Boston aboard Winthrop’s 73-passenger “Valkyrie.” The service will also include trips to Spectacle Island – one of the scenic Boston Harbor Islands.
Tickets will be available later this week via Winthrop’s ticketing portol, which can be found at www.mbferry.com. The town is updating is Internet based scheduling system, and the Quincy schedule should be included by Friday.
Tickets can also be purchased on the boat at the time of departure, but there is no guarantee of a space if the boat is sold out.
As part of the program, the State Department of Conservation and Recreation has agreed to open its 850-spot parking lot at Squantum Point Park 24-hours a day, 7 days per week. Parking rates are $1.25 per hour with a full-day maximum of $5. The 1st hour of parking is free for park users.
In addition to the passenger ferry service, the DCR is partnering with JM Productions Entertainment Producer of Quincy and Mass Bay Lines of Boston, MA for a pair of entertainment cruises on August 20 and 28 aboard the Music City Queen and launching from Squantum Point. Information on those events can be found at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2570490quality
The ferry service is a 1st step to what City and State officials hope will be permanent ferry service from Squantum Point Park. While the trial program must operate within the confines of Winthrop’s existing program and schedule, any permanent service would involve a much larger operation and potentially a partnership with another agency, such as the MBTA.
Plans are also being developed to extend the existing dead-end of Commander Shea Boulevard behind Marina Bay to provide direct access to Squantum Point Park – a key element of permanent ferry service, officials said.
The partnership with Winthrop developed when Mayor Tom Koch, Senator John Keenan, Representative Bruce Ayers and Ward 6 City Councillor Bill Harris reached out to officials in that town to learn more about the municipally run ferry – which is operating without any kind of subsidy. Talks soon circled to the incorporating Quincy into Winthrop’s program for the summer. Both state leaders and Quincy officials provided funding for immediate repairs necessary at the Squantum Point pier and dock to allow for a passenger ferry.
The service is expected to run through at least October.
1305 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Thomas P. Koch
Christopher M. Walker
Director of Policy
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