Document Type

Research Report

Publication Date

Summer 7-2021


The UMass Boston Division of Marine Operations sought and received funding from the Massachusetts Seaport Economic Council to conduct a feasibility study for a ferry at the John T. Fallon State Pier. An additional study evaluated the in-water and upland design options to determine if a docking facility, ferry terminal, and related access features were possible at the Fallon Pier site. The study concluded that, with certain layouts and orientations of docks and walkways, the site could safely accommodate a ferry service and related activities. Building on these findings, this study explores operational aspects of a potential ferry service including ticket rates, schedules, parking needs, connections to other modes of transportation, and potential destinations/service routes. This study also investigates general interest in the potential ferry service, and how the ferry may be used (e.g., commute, leisure). This report provides an overview of recommendations based on 1) an analysis of other ferry operations, and 2) survey responses from more than 400 people. The study findings can assist with future efforts evaluate interest in and feasibility of the potential ferry service.

Community Engaged/Serving

Part of the UMass Boston Community-Engaged Teaching, Research, and Service Series. //



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