Passenger Ferry Fees Provide Boost to Port Town Budgets

Port town coffers are helped thanks to 50-cent ferry embarkation fee. Money is used for everything from summer traffic cops to harbor dredging and public safety budgets.

Woods Hole Terminal Discussion Stalls; Governor Replacement Planned

Steamship Authority governors will wait for the appointment of a new Falmouth governor before resuming discussion on the Woods Hole terminal reconstruction plans.

Temporary Breakdown on Ferry Martha's Vineyard Disrupts Service

On a busy Thanksgiving weekend of travel, Steamship Authority ferry service was disrupted Friday and Saturday due to mechanical problems on the ferry Martha’s Vineyard.

Woods Hole Terminal Plan Revives Discussion of New Bedford Route

As the Steamship Authority embarks on a major reconstruction plan for its Woods Hole terminal, village residents are raising concerns about aesthetics and increased traffic. They want to put New Bedford service back on the table for discussion.

SSA Approves Increases on Freight, Parking Fees

The Steamship Authority will increase rates for parking and some freight trucks on the Martha’s Vineyard route next year. Meeting Tuesday morning at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven, the boat line board of governors unanimously approved an $85.3 million 2014 operating budget.

Boatline Mulls Freight, Parking Rate Hike

The Steamship Authority is considering increases to parking and freight fares for the Martha’s Vineyard route to offset a projected rise in the cost of service. The SSA management proposed that the additional revenue should come from rate increases on the Martha’s Vineyard route.

New Freight Boat Replacement Floated

After a study of options, Steamship Authority governors Tuesday considered a recommendation to replace the aging freight ferry Governor with a 235-foot freight vessel similar in size to the ferry Martha’s Vineyard.

Old Problems, New Solutions

As I watch the many hearings to discuss how we can make Stop and Shop solve all our traffic problems, I can’t help ask, what is the cause of our traffic in Vineyard Haven and what is the solution? The answer is the Steamship Authority — the elephant in the neighborhood.

Steamship Authority Mulls Freight Ferry Replacement

With everything from cost and size to lunch counters under consideration, the Steamship Authority this week continued a discussion about vessel replacement alternatives.

Meeting on the Vineyard Tuesday morning, the governors heard an update about plans to begin replacing some of the boat line fleet.

A History Shaped by State Politics

It’s been 65 years since the first Steamship Authority was created, signed into existence by Massachusetts Gov. Robert Bradford in 1948 as the New Bedford, Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority. Regular ferry service had existed prior to that date, beginning in the early 1800s. The arrival of the Old Colony Railroad in the 1870s brought train tracks right to the wharf in Woods Hole, spearheading the growth of both the Island summer tourism industry and the boat lines, which were then privately owned.

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