Posted March 2001
This report presents the final results of a survey of passengers on all Water Transportation services currently funded by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). This survey was conducted by the Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) in April 2000. These services surveyed consist of two commuter boat routes to Boston from the South Shore towns of Hingham and Hull and three short ferry routes connecting points within Boston Inner Harbor. The latter run from the Charlestown Navy yard to Long Wharf, from the Navy Yard to Lovejoy Wharf (near North Station), and from Lovejoy Wharf to the U.S. Courthouse and the World Trade Center in South Boston.
The Hull route has been operating since 1963, but has been funded by the MBTA only since 1997. The Hingham route was established in 1975, and has been partly funded by the state or the MBTA since 1977. The Inner Harbor routes are newer, and are provided as part of the traffic mitigation effort for the Central Artery reconstruction project. The Navy Yard - Long Wharf route was established in 1988. Service from Lovejoy Wharf to the Navy Yard and to the World Trade Center began in 1997. The Courthouse stop was added in 1998.