AUGUST 3, 2010: MARKEY HAILS LAUNCH OF WINTHROP COMMUTER FERRY SERVICE

Envisions a economic boost to Winthrop’s waterfront and an increase in tourism to oceanside community

WINTHROP, MA---Today, Rep. Markey (D-Mass), the Dean of the New England and Massachusetts House Delegation, was on hand to hail the launch of the new, Winthrop Commuter Ferry Service.  Rep. Markey gathered alongside Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, State Senator Petrucelli, and Winthrop Town Officials, to applaud the opening of commuter ferry service between Winthrop Town Pier and Rowe’s Wharf in Boston. 

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Rep. Markey, a longtime supporter of the commuter ferry project, has secured $2.35 million in federal funding to assist with the creation of this vital transpiration project. The 149 passenger boat will serve as the cornerstone of Winthrop’s waterfront redevelopment efforts, bringing tourists to community where they will be able to take advantage of the beautiful shoreline. 

Traveling from Winthrop’s Shirley Street to Boston ’s State Street will now be a breeze for both the commuters and the day trippers who hop board the Winthrop Ferry,”
Rep. Markey said.   “With a constant wave of riders now ferrying between Winthrop and downtown Boston, Winthrop’s businesses and residents alike will directly benefit from the economic growth that the launch of the Winthrop Commuter Ferry is certain to stimulate in this beautiful coastal community.
 
Rep. Markey concluded, “Today, I commend all of Winthrop’s Town officials, Senator Petrucelli, and especially Speaker DeLeo, for demonstrating tremendous leadership in seeing this important project through to completion and for making this one-time dream a reality.”