SSA to unveil communications report Saturday

MacAleer Schilcher, of Tisbury, gave a passionate speech about his frustrations with the SSA at the public meeting last spring. Communication will be on the agenda Saturday.

The Steamship Authority announced Wednesday that a consultant’s report on communications at the ferry service has been completed, and a special meeting to talk about its contents will be held at 9 am Saturday in Hyannis.

The communications report has been delayed by nearly two months. HMS Consulting, the main consultant hired to do a top-to-bottom review of the SSA, released its extensive report in December, which pointed to internal squabbles and called for some new top-level positions. The SSA board has begun discussing those recommendations, and is now considering the input of general manager Robert Davis.

According to an email from Sean Driscoll, SSA’s spokesman, the Saturday meeting at the Hyannis terminal was already planned to discuss implementation of the HMS report, but now will include a public presentation of the communications report. HMS president John Sainsbury is expected to participate via video conference.

Transportation is being provided from Woods Hole to Hyannis for Vineyarders who want to attend the Hyannis meeting, Driscoll wrote.

The authority will provide bus transport to the meeting from the Woods Hole terminal,” Driscoll wrote. “Passengers who take the 7 am ferry from Vineyard Haven, which arrives in Woods Hole at 7:45 am, will be able to board the bus and be driven to the Hyannis terminal; return transport to Woods Hole will also be provided immediately following the meeting’s conclusion.”


  1. That sounds like SSA is starting to get off on the right track. It would be really nice if they would reimburse Vineyarders for the ferry tickets. The least they could do.

  2. Wednesday announcement for a Saturday meeting? This isn’t much notice, unless I missed an article somewhere?
    I can’t attend, if I had more notice I might have been able to reschedule myself, does anyone else have this issue?

  3. I’m just saying that I would like to attend to show support for our island, I hope a lot of people attend, I’d love to hear what the general public thinks after the meeting.

  4. Im against fare increases period. It effects everything we buy on the island especially propane. all the propane companies are charging the same rate and their biggest excuse is what it cost to get it here.

      • I used the Amerigas website to calculate the rate if I switched from Rymes, it was the same. I didnt check Island Propane but assumed it would be the same. Talking to Rymes it was explained to me the cost of bringing it over was why its so expensive.

  5. If the SSA wanted to encourage us to attend, they would run a fast ferry from each island to Hyannis directly, With a bus to the meeting point

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