SSA Makes Case for Woods Hole Terminal Project at Vineyard Meeting
Olivia Hull

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.

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Steamship Authority Plans Special Public Meeting on the Vineyard
Alex Elvin

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.

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Island Home Back in Service After Repairs
Sara Brown
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.
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Five-Year Traffic Report Released by SSA Shows Only Slight Growth
Olivia Hull

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.

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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.
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Slow the Fast Track

There is much to be said about the Steamship Authority situation. This letter will only touch on a few of the most immediate issues.

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Press the Stop Button

The following letter was sent to the Steamship Authority:

I appreciate the chance to provide comment. For many years I used to attend the SSA meetings on a regular basis and have long felt that transportation issues are some of the most pressing facing the Islands. Previous commitments as well as age and arthritis prevent me from attending today, and I have asked Catherine Bumpus to hand you this communication as well as read it into the record.

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SSA Stands by Rate Hikes Despite Protest
Olivia Hull
Boat line governors addressed a petition protesting fare increases at their regular meeting in Woods Hole on Tuesday, but took no action to roll back hikes. Public testimony addressed perceived problems, but also was peppered with praise for the SSA.
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SSA Meets Tuesday; Rate Increase Petition Subject of Discussion
Olivia Hull
Boat line governors meet in Woods Hole on Tuesday morning. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Marine Biological Laboratory Candle House, 127 Water street. The SSA waives the cost of travel for Island residents attending meetings on the Cape.
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SSA Governor Defends Rate Hikes
Alex Elvin

Marc Hanover this week strongly refuted an online petition that has been circulating over rate increases that took effect early this month. As of Thursday, 2,846 people had signed the petition posted on MoveOn.org.

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