This week, Mayor Walsh and the Boston Planning & Development Agency have announced a joint effort in collaboration with Massport and MassDOT to build a new ferry dock at Lewis Mall in East Boston.
Identified as a priority for the residents of East Boston in several city development plans, the new dock is expected to better support current service and potential future improved water shuttle service.
"We've heard from East Boston residents and workers that improved water shuttle service is critical as the neighborhood continues to grow," said Mayor Walsh. "The Lewis Mall dock represents an important step to make improved water transportation a reality for East Boston, helping us reduce congestion on our roads and strengthen connections between our neighborhoods."
"MassDOT is committed to working with municipalities to provide safe and effective transportation options," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. "Lewis Mall was identified in the Boston Harbor Now business planning effort as a location with high potential for successful water transportation service. I am pleased to support the City of Boston's efforts to modernize, expand, and improve accessibility of this high potential transportation asset."
Construction on the dock will begin this summer. The Lewis Mall Harbor Park is located on the Harborwalk at the southern end of the Mary Ellen Welch Greenway, a major East Boston walking and cycling path. The Park is adjacent to the Maverick Blue Line MBTA Station and will connect to the station and bus hub.
The dock will further be made ADA-accessible and usable by the ferries and water taxis that serve other destinations in Boston's inner harbor. A temporary dock will be installed this summer, offering the potential for a nearer term pilot service, with a permanent dock to follow in 2021. The new dock will be available for use of the Boston Water Taxi service.
"With a ferry dock and other improvements to Lewis Mall, East Boston is one critical step closer to new ferry services that can supplement the Blue Line and provide important new connections to other waterfront neighborhoods," responded Kathy Abbott, Boston Harbor Now's President and CEO. "We're thrilled to see these public sector collaborators implementing the proposals of recent community-driven, data-supported planning efforts, including the Inner Harbor Connector".
The Lewis Mall Harbor Park is located at the South End of Maverick Square - one of East Boston's most sought-after areas.
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