The Codcast: Water shuttle coming to Seaport District

The two top priorities of the Seaport Transportation Management Association are water shuttles between North Station and the South Boston waterfront and more Silver Line buses.

Patrick Sullivan, executive director of the Seaport TMA, estimates 4,000 people on a typical weekday come into North Station and then take shuttles to the congested Seaport District. He said his organization hopes to eliminate a lot of that vehicle traffic by launching a water shuttle between Lovejoy Wharf and the South Boston waterfront this summer. Test runs showed the trip would take about 13 minutes.


Working with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, the TMA is also trying to consolidate existing shuttles run by businesses in the district. Sullivan said the consolidation effort has taken shuttles off the street without sacrificing service.

Sullivan, participating in the Codcast with James Aloisi and Marc Ebuna of TransitMatters, said Silver Line service from South Station to the Seaport District is at capacity most weekday mornings, but there are no plans to expand the 32-bus fleet. The three discussed ways to boost capacity by creating dedicated lanes or adjusting traffic signals to speed up the buses.

The Seaport TMA is a private, nonprofit association of businesses in the Seaport district working to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. Members include Fidelity, the Seaport Hotel, P&G Gillette, and Vertex. Sullivan says the group works closely with Massport and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority.

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BEACON HILL

The Baker administration is taking management of the Fall River and New Bedford state piers away from the Department of Conservation and Recreation and giving it to MassDevelopment. MassDevelopment already operates the state pier in Gloucester.

The legal age to buy cigarettes in the state may be heading up from 18 to 21. (Boston Globe)

Massachusetts judge upholds ban on corporate contributions to politicians. (MassLive)

MUNICIPAL MATTERS

Patrick Downes, a victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings who has since competed in the road race as a handcyclist, rips the Boston Athletic Association for limiting the number of handcyclist entrants in the race. (Boston Globe)

The New York Times has a tick-tock based on interviews and social media postings of how false rumors spread through Brockton starting on Monday that federal immigration authorities were planning a raid there.

Richard Friedman, the CEO of Carpenter & Co., says in an interview that 90 percent of the people reserving units at his ultra-luxury One Dalton building are Americans, nearly all of them from Boston. He says the Four Seasons-branded structure, which will eclipse Millenium Tower as the highest residential building in the city once it is finished in 18 months, has sold units ranging in price from $2.5 million to $40 million. A $40 million sale would eclipse the $35 million grand penthouse sale at Millenium Tower. (Bloomberg)

For Felix Arroyo, getting elected Suffolk County register of probate hasn’t been the usual soft landing pad. (CommonWealth)

Hull gets no takers to its request for proposals to develop a parcel along Nantasket Beach where redevelopment hopes have vexed officials for years. (Patriot Ledger)

Gloucester’s budget is coming up about $2 million short, in part because wind turbines are not yielding as much revenue as expected. (Gloucester Times)

WASHINGTON/NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

President Trump ordered missile strikes against Syrian military targets following this week’s chemical attack by government forces on civilians. (New York Times) US Rep. Seth Moulton rips the president for taking action against the Assad regime while looking to block refugees fleeing the dictator’s carnage from entering the US. (Boston Globe)

Senate Republicans exercised the “nuclear option,” wiping out filibuster rules that have encouraged bipartisan lawmaking and setting the stage for confirming Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch today by a simple majority vote. (Boston Globe)

Twitter sues the Department of Homeland Security for trying to force the company to reveal who is behind an anonymous account that has been critical of the Trump administration’s immigration policies. (Recode)

ELECTIONS

A question to cut the sales tax could appear on the 2018 state ballot along with the so-called millionaire’s tax, setting the stage for potential offsetting revenue moves if both measures pass, writes Scot Lehigh. (Boston Globe)

Setti Warren, the mayor of Newton and likely Democratic candidate for governor, racked up various debts while in his 20s, including tax liens and unpaid speeding tickets resulting in a suspended driver’s license. (Boston Globe)

A Lowell Sun editorial tentatively backs Shiva Ayyadurai for the US Senate seat of Elizabeth Warren.

EDUCATION

With UMass Boston chancellor Keith Motley on his way out, the public deserves a full accounting of responsibility for problems at the campus, says a Globe editorial, including exactly why Motley is leaving — with a $355,000 salary for a “sabbatical” next year and a impressive $240,000 annual faculty salary after that. Shirley Leung says the UMass board of trustees have some explaining to do — but they seem to be running for cover. (Boston Globe)

Several school districts are tentatively exploring a lawsuit against the state claiming inadequate educational funding. (Telegram & Gazette)

Scituate will choose a new school superintendent by the end of the month, with three finalists now in the running. (Patriot Ledger)

Arizona expands a school voucher program. (Governing)

HEALTH/HEALTH CARE

New England Baptist Hospital now plans to join in on the merger of Beth Israel Deaconess Center and Lahey Health. (Boston Globe)

TRANSPORTATION

The MBTA is imposing fines of about $608,000 a month on Keolis, which works out to about 2.3 percent of the company’s monthly fee. (CommonWealth) More delays and cancellations today on the MBTA’s troubled commuter rail system. (Boston Globe)

South Coast officials are skeptical of the Baker administration’s two-part approach to South Coast Rail. (South Coast Today)

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT

Despite President Trump’s embrace of coal and executive order repealing an Obama administration executive order mandating reduced emissions from power companies, states are not going to go roll back efforts to up their renewable energy standards, writes Northeastern University’s Joan Fitzgerald. (American Prospect)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE/COURTS

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson engaged in a generally cordial, substantive debate on sanctuary cities and immigration. Curtatone says the context of the broader debate reflects growing white nationalism. (CommonWealth)

Deliberations are set to begin today in the double murder trial of former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez. (Boston Globe)

PASSINGS

Ed Forry offers a tribute to Ted Cutler, the Dorchester-born philanthropist who was a major force in building the arts world in Boston. Cutler, who died last week at age 86, also remembered his roots, donating funds for a new library at the Sarah Greenwood Elementary School in Dorchester, which he attended as a boy. (Dorchester Reporter)