Climate Change & Environmental Planning

Waterfront Transportation

With its long history of shipbuilding and ocean trade, Boston has always been a city oriented towards its waterfront. Today, Boston and its neighboring municipalities look towards the waterfront again as a logical place to expand transportation options. Ferries and water taxis offer both commuters and visitors multiple routes across the harbor, reducing reliance private automobiles and congestion in bridges and tunnels. Water transportation hubs also bring new activity to the waterfront, supporting Boston's goal to enliven the City's shoreline. 

The BPDA’s Passenger Water Transportation Plan for Boston Inner Harbor is intended to play a pivotal role in the next phase of Boston's harbor revitalization. To accommodate anticipated growth in ferry travel over the next ten years, the Plan focuses on expanding the capacity and quality of Boston’s water transportation terminals and associated intermodal connections. Four Inner Harbor districts are analyzed in the Plan: Downtown, South Boston, Charlestown and East Boston. The Plan describes how and where to provide appropriate terminal and boating facilities to encourage the full growth of the ferry industry in response to the increasing demand for new routes and services. The Plan was released in January 2000 and was funded in part by a grant from the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Transportation and Construction (EOTC).

For more information, please contact Richard McGuinness, Deputy Director for Climate Change & Environmental Planning, by email or by telephone at 617.918.4323.

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