SSA ready to unveil Woods Hole terminal options

The Steamship Authority is about to unveil new designs after this one got a lot of pushback both in Woods Hole and beyond. - BIA. studio

Updated 3:50 pm

After months of pushback on the design of its new Woods Hole terminal design and a petition that asked the governor to intervene, the Steamship Authority is ready to unveil revised design options for the building, according to a press release issued Friday.

Many of the complaints had to do with the height of the building, its location on the property, and how it fit in with the surroundings in Woods Hole.

The three design options under consideration are being presented at an SSA board meeting at 10 am Tuesday at the administration building on Palmer Ave.

The revised options will also be posted on the SSA website at following Tuesday’s board meeting.

Two additional meetings have also been scheduled — one at Falmouth High School on Thursday, March 28, at 6 pm and the other at Katharine Cornell Theater in Tisbury on Monday, April 8, at 5 pm.

Written comments are being accepted through April 12 at or by U.S. mail to the Steamship Authority, Attn: Woods Hole Terminal Designs, 228 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth, MA 02540.

Following the public sessions, the Steamship Authority and its board members will review the comments and incorporate them into the decision-making process for determining the building’s design.

Corrects time of Falmouth High School meeting. – ed.


  1. Has a third party reviewed the necessity of this new building? With all the construction/renovation by the SSA at Palmer Ave it is hard to believe this is really necessary. The SSA seems to me to be a very slow adopter to new technology that would reduce the need for this significant capital expense that will just put further pressure on already extremely high passenger and auto ferry ticket prices.

  2. The SSA is allowing FOUR WHOLE DAYS for the public to comment after it presents the new Woods Hole terminal design to Islanders on April 8th. The report issued by the consulting firm addressed many primary issues including no core values Mission Statement, Poor Communication and other assorted and sundry issues.
    Some are easier to fix then others, this would be an example of very poor calendar planning which should definitely be changed. C’mon !!!

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