New Woods Hole building is ready for ticket sales

The new temporary terminal in Woods Hole is scheduled to open Monday. - George Brennan

Updated Dec. 4

That new terminal you’ve been seeing for months in Woods Hole, the one with a vinyl wrap of nautical charts on its walls, is finally open.

The Steamship Authority began selling tickets Monday morning and bunting, as well as dozens of signs, welcomed commuters and ferry passengers to Woods Hole. The signs stated: “All ticket sales are in new building.”

“We are nearly done completing Phase 1 of our Woods Hole terminal reconstruction project, which includes the construction of our temporary Woods Hole terminal building so that the existing terminal building can be demolished and we can rebuild and reposition our three Woods Hole ferry slips,” SSA wrote in an email to customers.

The new terminal features five ticket booths, public restrooms, a concession area, and data and communications equipment. It will remain open until a new terminal is constructed on the Woods Hole property.

The new 3,600-square-foot modular building was built by Triumph Modular Inc. of Littleton. The vinyl wrap replicates a nautical chart of Vineyard Sound.

SSA plans to keep the lobby of the existing terminal open as a waiting area next to slip 1 until the building is demolished in February to make way for the reconstruction project, according to the email. Demolition is dependent on SSA’s new administrative offices on Palmer Avenue being ready.

The Steamship Authority also announced that beginning Wednesday, Dec. 6, the M/V Woods Hole will be taking the place of M/V Nantucket on its daily crossings. The Nantucket has been taking the place of the M/V Martha’s Vineyard while that vessel undergoes its mid-life refurbishment. “This will be the first time that the M/V Woods Hole will provide service on the Martha’s Vineyard route in place of one of our larger passenger and vehicle ferries,” the email states. The M/V Island Home will remain on its usual schedule.

Parking permits for 2018 for the Palmer Avenue lot are on sale. An annual permit is $650 and an off-season permit, Jan. 1 to May 14, is $250.

The SSA is not raising fares in 2018.