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Black Falcon Terminal to get trolley service for cruise customers

Posted by Cara Bayles  March 4, 2011 01:51 PM

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The Carribean Princess cruise ship at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal.

Boston is looking to lease city-owned land in the Marine Industrial Park to sight-seeing trolleys in this summer.

The site is near the newly renovated Black Falcon Terminal, and the trolleys would carry cruise customers to nearby tourist sites. The terminal sees more than 300,000 passengers each year, according to MassPort, and is less than two miles from Faneuil Hall and other Freedom Trail destinations.

The city first began allowing trolleys the lease space in the industrial park last year, according to Matthew Murphy, general manager for Old Town Trolley, a company based in South Boston.

"Accessibility to the trolley tours has been an issue in the past. At other port locations, you walk off the ship and you're in the middle of things. Here in Boston, you get off and you're in this industrial area," said Murphy. "Before last year, in order to take a regular trolley tour would have to walk all the way to the Westin Waterfront Hotel."

The terminal, is gaining clout as a destination, and 2010 marked the third straight year that saw record numbers of cruise passengers flocking to the port.

The terminal, once a World War I military warehouse, received $11 million in renovations unveiled last fall, which converted a vacant 83,000-square-foot warehouse on its third floor into a waiting area meant to improve the customer experience.

Up to three trolley companies could win contracts with the city this year. According to a request for proposals put out by the city's redevelopment authority last week, trolley service could begin as early as April. It would run through October.

E-mail Cara Bayles at carabayles@gmail.com.

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