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Posted on: October 29, 2020

MBTA Proposed Service Cuts in Hingham

West Hingham MBTA Station

MBTA Proposed Service Cuts in Hingham

The MBTA’s Fiscal Management Control Board (FMCB) recently announced potential service reductions or terminations for the Hingham/Hull Ferry as well as the Greenbush Commuter Rail.  These potential changes pose a serious risk to the economic vitality of our community, threaten transit-oriented developments like the Hingham Shipyard, and would negatively impact Hingham residents and businesses as well as neighboring towns. 

The FMCB is scheduled to meet virtually to vote on the service cuts on Monday, December 7, 2020.  The Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator are working with state and local officials to oppose the proposed service cuts.  We need your help.  There are several ways you can take action:

  1. Submit comments ahead of each FMCB meeting. You can find out about upcoming FMCB meetings here and can submit comments in three ways:

    • Written comment via email to publiccomment@dot.state.ma.us or mailed to the address listed in the FMCB agenda.
    • Voice message comments may be submitted by calling 857-368-1655 and leaving a brief message by 10:00am on the Monday of the meeting.  No more than 3 minutes.
    • Real-time comments may be made through telephone conference call; please email publiccomment@dot.state.ma.us by 10:00am on the Monday of the meeting to sign up.  No more than 3 minutes.
  2. Submit feedback to the MBTA’s Forging Ahead scenario planhere.  You can also participate in upcoming virtual public meetings, including an Official Public Hearing, to provide input and ask questions of MBTA officials.  Meeting details are available at mbta.com/ForgingAhead.

  3. Share why you value the Hingham/Hull Ferry and the Greenbush Commuter Rail by emailing the MBTA General Manager at publiccomment@dot.state.ma.us and the Secretary of Transportation and the Governor at Constituent.services@state.ma.us.  Please feel free to copy Sen. Patrick O’Connor (Patrick.O’Connor@MASenate.gov), Rep. Joan Meschino (Joan.Meschino@MAHouse.gov), and Rep. James Murphy (James.Murphy@mahouse.gov) on this correspondence.

  4. Sign the Ferry petition started by the Town of Hull to support Ferry service.  Find out more at www.savetheferry.org.

Thank you for helping protect our vital public transportation services on the South Shore. 

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