The T announced today that it will begin operating ferries between Lewis Mall in East Boston and Long Wharf in downtown on Monday.
The state legislature has released the money needed to resume what originally began as temporary service last spring when the Blue Line was closed for tunnel work. About 1,750 people a day made the roughly 10-minute journey through the harbour.
The new service, seen as a pilot that will run until the end of November, will shut down for the winter, then restart March 1 and run through the summer unless the legislature approves more d ‘silver. According to the T:
On weekday mornings, 11 trips will depart from Lewis Wharf every 30 minutes from 7:00 a.m. and 10 return trips will depart from Long Wharf every 30 minutes from 7:15 a.m. On afternoons and evenings from weekdays, ferries will depart from Lewis Mall every 30 minutes from 2.30pm with the last trip at 7.30pm. Trips from Long Wharf to Lewis Mall will depart every 30 minutes from 2.15pm with the last trip at 7.45pm.
On weekend mornings, eight trips will depart from Lewis Wharf every 30 minutes from 9:00 a.m., and seven return trips will depart from Long Wharf every 30 minutes from 9:15 a.m. Afternoons and on weekend evenings, ferries will depart from Lewis Wharf every 30 minutes from 3.30pm, with the last trip leaving at 8.30pm. Twelve return trips will depart from Long Wharf every 30 minutes from 3:15 p.m., with the last ferry leaving at 8:45 p.m.
Fares will be $2.40 each way – $1.10 for discount passengers. Passengers can pay fares at the Long Wharf ticket office or on the mTicket app. Printed LinkPasses, commuter rail passes and M7 passes will be accepted.