Boston ferry system shut down during bombing manhunt

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:

(BOSTON) – Because of the ongoing manhunt for a person wanted in connection with Monday’s Marathon bombings, all MBTA services (to include buses, the subway, and ferries) have been shut down effective immediately. People should not go to or congregate at transportation stations.

Authorities are advising residents in Watertown, Newton, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge and the Alston Brighton neighborhoods of Boston to stay indoors. Residents should not answer the door unless it is a police officer, and are advised to stay away from windows. All businesses in these towns will remain closed until further notice. People should not congregate outside.

Residents and businesses should monitor media for further information.

The Coast Guard wishes to reiterate that the mass transit shutdown does include the ferry system in Boston.

By Professional Mariner Staff