Getting there over land continues to prove difficult, so maybe it’s now time to get to the Seaport by, well, sea.
Ferries are flocking to the Boston waterfront, with several new services expected to start over the next year.
On Thursday, Wynn Resorts announced it has hired Charlestown-based Boston Boatworks to build three ferries. The goal is to cart about 40 riders at a time to and from its Encore Boston Harbor resort casino in Everett, scheduled to open next year. (Provided, of course, the company survives an ongoing review by regulators, after former namesake chief executive Steve Wynn was ousted because of sexual misconduct claims.)
While the company has not finalized dock locations, one will be in the Seaport, said Robert DeSalvio, the company’s Boston-area president.
Wynn spokesman Greg John said rides will be open to the general public in addition to casino patrons and employees. So the ferry could, for instance, help commuters get from Everett to the Seaport.
The company has not yet set a fare or schedule, but the service will run every day, year-round.
Meanwhile, a commuter ferry between the Seaport and Lovejoy Wharf near North Station is expected to launch as soon as September, providing easier passage to the Seaport for commuters from the north.
The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority asked companies for a proposal to run shuttles and is expected to make a decision soon. The service would run as a one-year pilot but could be extended up to three more years.
Much is yet to be determined, including trip frequencies, dock locations, and fares. Officials expect the boats to operate during the morning and evening commutes. The service will be partially funded by companies in the Seaport, allowing their employees to ride for free. The general public would also be able to buy tickets and reserve seats using a smartphone app.
Finally, the Institute of Contemporary Art will soon launch a ferry from its Seaport museum to East Boston, where it’s opening a secondary campus in June. This service, however, isn’t commuter-friendly; spokeswoman Colette Randall said passengers will need either a ticket or membership with the ICA to board.Adam Vaccaro can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @adamtvaccaro.