Steamship Authority Discusses Plans for New Freight Ferry

Steamship Authority governors discussed assigning the new freight vessel Woods Hole to the Martha’s Vineyard route, possibly keeping the freight ferry Governor in service, and approved changes in the standby line for Island residents during a meeting Tuesday in Vineyard Haven.

SSA Governors Meet Tuesday on the Vineyard

The new freight ferry under construction and renovations to the Woods Hole ferry terminal will be topics for discussion when Steamship Authority governors hold their monthly meeting on the Vineyard Tuesday. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven.

SSA Could Assign New Ferry to Nantucket Route

Due to service cutbacks by the privately-owned Hy-Line, the Steamship Authority is considering a Nantucket route for the new $40 million ferry Woods Hole, now under construction in Louisiana, boat line governor Marc Hanover said.

Tisbury Asks SSA to Look Into Moving Ferry Terminal

In light of persistent traffic problems in downtown Vineyard Haven, the town is asking the Steamship Authority to look at alternative sites for the Island’s main ferry terminal. The Steamship Authority has agreed to look into the issue but has not committed to a study.

Falmouth Appoints New SSA Governor

When the Steamship Authority governors meet Tuesday in Woods Hole, there will be a new face at the table. Falmouth selectmen have appointed scientist Elizabeth Gladfelter as their new representative on the boat line’s executive board.

SSA Makes Case for Woods Hole Terminal Project at Vineyard Meeting

Renovation of the Woods Hole terminal was the chief topic of conversation at a special meeting held on the Vineyard Tuesday. The meeting was convened in response to concern from Island residents about Steamship Authority spending and rate increases.

Steamship Authority Plans Special Public Meeting on the Vineyard

In an effort to improve communication with Islanders, the Steamship Authority will hold a special public meeting Tuesday, March 10, at the regional high school’s performing arts center.

Island Home Back in Service After Repairs

After nearly three days out of service because of repair work to the ship's service generator, the Island Home will be back in commission starting Thursday evening.

Five-Year Traffic Report Released by SSA Shows Only Slight Growth

While it may feel like more cars flood Martha’s Vineyard each year, new data released by the Steamship Authority tell a different story. Graphs released this week show that over the past five years, Vineyard ferry traffic has seen slight annual gains.

Rights of Passage

Don’t rock the boat. That was the slogan plastered on buttons and bumper stickers in the 1990s when Islanders went to Beacon Hill to fight for control of the Steamship Authority, the boat line that is their lifeline.