Summer Passenger Ferries Feel the Pinch from Pandemic
Noah Asimow
Passenger ferries to Martha’s Vineyard have either delayed or curtailed summer service, with traffic low due to the pandemic.
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Numbers Show Unusual Late-Winter Population Swell
Noah Asimow

Martha’s Vineyard has experienced an unusual late-winter population swell since the beginning of March, an analysis of traffic statistics shows.

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Steamship Authority Traffic Goes Into Freefall
Julia Wells
Automobile and passenger traffic on Steamship Authority ferries plunged into steep decline this month, just as the coronavirus pandemic began its spread into Massachusetts.
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Governor Baker Urges Second Home Owners to Stay Away from Islands
Noah Asimow and Jane Seagrave
The Steamship Authority on Sunday released statistics showing a modest increase in out-of-state vehicles coming to the Vineyard in the first half of March, as Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker urged residents with second homes on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard to stay home.
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Reduced Ferry Schedule Goes Into Effect
Noah Asimow
Six regularly scheduled ferry runs have been cut effective Sunday, as traffic to the Island begins to decline. Other transit agencies are taking steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
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Martha’s Vineyard Shutters, State Numbers Rise, Hospital Mobilizes for Expected Cases of Coronavirus
Noah Asimow and Louisa Hufstader
Leaders at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital said Wednesday morning they expect to see the first positive case of Covid-19 on the Island within a matter of days.
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Ferry Breakdowns, Cancellations Challenge Holiday Travelers
Louisa Hufstader
Breakdowns, delays and cancellations plagued the Steamship Authority fleet over the holiday travel week.
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Travel Expense Funding
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services recently received funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services to fund the Transportation Access Program (TAP) to assist Island residents with off-Island travel expenses due to medical and/or behavioral health appointments.
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Tour Groups, Fall Festivals Keep Shoulder Season Hopping
Louisa Hufstader
The days are shorter, the air is cooler and the kids are back in school — but this is still tourist season on Martha’s Vineyard, where fall is second only to summer as the Island’s busiest time.
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Vineyard Bookshelf: Around the World in Thirty Years
Steve Donoghue
There are a few inherent perils in writing travel memoirs, of course.
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