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T’s plan to abandon ships would leave thousands stranded

Thousands of workers who rely on the ferry system to ship them to andfrom their jobs every day are rallying against the MBTA’s proposal toanchor all boat transportation.

Thousands of workers who rely on the ferry system to ship them to and from their jobs every day are rallying against the MBTA’s proposal to anchor all boat transportation.

For Elianna Nuzum, who lives in the Charlestown Navy Yard, eliminating the ferry she takes regularly would be devastating.

“I would have very limited public transit options,” said Nuzum, who moved to the Navy Yard because it was easier to get to her job in the Financial District via boat.

Nuzum said she could take the 93 bus that runs through her area, but it’s usually jam-packed. “It is often overflowing … [and] cannot pick up additional passengers,” she said.

A problem that will only get worse if all the former ferry riders have to rely on that bus, said Nuzum.

Much like Charlestown residents, people outside Boston who rely on ferry services have been fighting the proposed cuts.

In Hull, riders started a website called “SavetheFerry.com,” and have been collecting signatures for a petition. Commuters from both Hull and Hingham would have a significantly less direct route to work if the ferry services were eliminated. And if riders dare return to their car, the commuting time would nearly double.

“The Hingham and Hull commuter boats are a critically important mode of transportation,” State Rep. Garrett Bradley recently said in a statement. “To eliminate this service would severely impact individuals.”

T officials have said the potential cuts, which would dock all ferry services, are just “a proposal.”

Nothing is set in stone, according to Joe Pesaturo, a T spokesman.

“It’s important to note that the users of commuter boats have alternative public transit modes available to them,” Pesaturo said in an e-mail.

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