editorial | commuter ferries
All savings on deck
Just when state transit officials should be talking about expanding water transportation, the MBTA is proposing to eliminate its Boston Harbor ferry service. The T is struggling with a $161 million deficit. But there are better ways to address it than scuttling commuter ferries. Start with fuel. Two private boat operators burn about 1.3 million gallons of diesel fuel annually at a cost of about $3.30 per gallon. But the T pays just $3.16 per gallon for the same fuel.