By Bethany Bray
---- — SALEM — Boston Harbor Cruises will run its fastest and largest ferry between Hingham and Salem on three weekends during the Halloween season.
BHC, which operates the city’s commuter ferry, ran service between Salem and the South Shore for the first time last fall. The company had just under 2,000 riders during the six days it ran the service last year, said Alison Nolan, BHC general manager — about the same number as on the Boston-Salem ferry run.
That was the proof they needed to show there’s an interest in traveling between the South Shore and Salem during October, Nolan said.
This year, Hingham-Salem service will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays: October 12 and 13, 19 and 20, and 26 and 27. The trip is roughly an hour long, Nolan said.
BHC is seeing increased ridership and is expecting 3,000 Salem-Hingham ferry riders this year, Nolan said.
“Hingham and those South Shore communities have some traffic considerations of their own, as does Salem. It could be a very long drive,” she said. “(The ferry) really makes a day trip something that is enjoyable from the South Shore. These are people that might not normally visit Salem.”
BHC’s high-speed ferry service to Provincetown concludes in October, freeing up its 600-passenger boat for service between Salem and Hingham.
BHC already operates a commuter ferry out of the Hingham Shipyard for the MBTA. The company has roughly 5,000 daily commuters from the South Shore, Nolan said, to which they’ll market the Hingham-Salem runs.
Round-trip tickets are $27 for adults and $22 for children and seniors. For details, see www.bostonharborcruises.com.
Bethany Bray can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.