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mbta-new-ferry-glory-tour-somerset-november-16-2017Massachusetts Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack and MBTA General Manager Luis Ramírez today toured the new MBTA ferry, The Glory, which is being built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding in Somerset. The Glory will transport MBTA ferry passengers on trips between Hingham, Hull, Logan Airport and Boston.

“The Glory will make for another great addition to the MBTA Commuter Boat fleet,” said Secretary Pollack.  “If the customer feedback to her sister vessel, The Champion, is any indication, ferry passengers will be very pleased with the ride and comfort provided by The Glory.”

“We eagerly await the arrival of The Glory, and the added capacity and reliability it means for our ferry customers,” said General Manager Ramírez.  “We’re grateful for the partnership we’ve had with Gladding-Hearn on this project, and the benefits our customers will feel from having a new, modern, locally-built vessel.”

The Glory is a high-speed catamaran ferry with a 150-passenger capacity and this vessel will support the MBTA’s commuter boat service between the communities of Hull, Hingham, and Logan Airport in East Boston and Long Wharf in Boston. Gladding-Hearn also constructed the Champion, which was recently added to the MBTA’s ferry fleet in October 2017, as well as the Lightning and the Flying Cloud, the MBTA’s high speed ferries added in 1996. In addition to improving service reliability, the procurement of the Glory allows the MBTA to rely on its own vessels while also providing a spare ferry when MBTA-owned boats are periodically taken out of service for maintenance and Coast Guard inspections.

Including state-of-the-art flat screen passenger information systems, the Glory also features energy-efficient LED lighting, carpeted interior decks, tables and seating to accommodate 110 passengers and ADA wheelchair positions, a concession stand, and luggage racks.

Thirty-eight weekday trips operate between Hingham/Hull/Logan Airport and Boston with forty weekday trips on Friday only. Weekend service operates between Hingham/Hull/Logan Airport and Boston with thirty-two Saturday trips and twenty-eight Sunday trips from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend. Service to George’s Island is currently offered seasonally with four weekday trips and nine weekend trips from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend, as determined by the Boston Harbor Islands. The MBTA’s ferry service has the highest rate of on-time performance at nearly 98 percent as well as the highest rating of customer satisfaction among all MBTA services.

The Glory is named to honor the legacy of Master Shipbuilder Donald McKay’s Glory of the Seas clipper. With the original Glory of the Seas designed in East Boston, the MBTA’s new Glory honors this idea as the new ferry will service the same community. McKay also designed clippers named the Flying Cloud, the Lightning, and the Champion of the Seas, which have also been used to name MBTA vessels. The cost of the new vessel is approximately $5.7 million supported with federal funds.

For more information on MBTA commuter boats and for ferry schedules, please visit mbta.com and the MassDOT Water Transportation Study.

 

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