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Salem Ferry cancels last two days of service, MBTA expands train service for Halloween

Posted by Ryan Mooney  October 30, 2012 12:52 PM

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Visitors to Salem on Halloween night will have one less mode of alternative transportation to get into the city.

Alison Nolan, general manager of Boston Harbor Cruises, confirmed today that the company has cancelled its Salem Ferry service for today and tomorrow as a result of the residual effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Halloween is usually the last day of regular ferry service between Boston and Salem, and this year the company had announced that it would be adding a direct, high-speed route between Hingham and Salem for Halloween as well.

"Tomorrow would be our last day of service for the regular schedule, and by looking at the forecast today we've continued to stay with the decision to cancel service up to Salem tomorrow," Nolan said.

With most of downtown closed to vehicular traffic tomorrow night beginning at 5 p.m., Kate Fox, executive director of Destination Salem, the city's tourism office, strongly suggests that visitors to the city take advantage of remaining forms of public transportation.

The MBTA is expanding the schedule of the Newburyport/Rockport commuter line, which stops in Salem at the top of Washington Street, just steps from the heart of downtown and all of the Halloween action.

"We are recommending people take the T," Fox said. "We are recommending that as the best way to get here."

The Halloween celebration is expected to go on as planned, which means that no parking/tow zones and major road closures will be in effect. A full list of affected roads can be found here.

The festivities end after the fireworks, which begin at 10:15 p.m. and are launched from the North River, right next to the commuter rail station. The last train to Boston departs at 11:05 p.m., the last train to Rockport at 11:11 p.m., and the last train to Newburyport at 11:45 p.m.

The full MBTA schedule can be found here.

Ryan Mooney can be reached at globe.mooney@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @mooney_ryan.

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