Encore Boston Harbor Opening Day Visitors Heed “Why Drive?” Message, Choose Transit

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The water taxi delivers guest to the casino.
(Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

New Encore transportation services made hundreds of trips throughout first day of resort operations

Visitors to Encore Boston Harbor’s grand opening day arrived via public and shared transportation in significant numbers, the Five-Star resort announced this afternoon. Guests from GreaterBoston, Eastern Massachusetts, and out of state took advantage of the MBTA, shuttles, ferries, ride share,and bike share to enjoy the resort while minimizing impacts on the surrounding community.

“This morning demonstrated that guests will leave their cars at home if they have access to modern and convenient choices,” said Robert DeSalvio, president of Encore Boston Harbor. “In the days ahead, we will continue to monitor traffic closely, but today we want to thank our visitors who embraced alternatives. Dozens of federal, state, and local agencies collaborated with us on plans, and the early results show greatpromise for the long term.”

Encore Boston Harbor has introduced new, high-quality services connecting the resort to both offsite parking locations as well as the MBTA system. These services extend throughout the region and run day and night. Resort guests on the first day arrived via public and shared transportation services, including the suite of new services developed by Encore Boston Harbor. Encore Shuttles from Wellington and Malden Center MBTA stations; Premium Harbor Shuttles from Long Wharf and World Trade Center; and Premium Motor Coaches from Rockland, Millbury, and Londonderry made hundreds of trips throughout the day.


Starting in February 2019, Encore Boston Harbor hosted bi-weekly transportation meetings with local and state authorities, developing a comprehensive plan to identify and address public safety- and transportation- related concerns.

Encore launched http://www.EncoreBostonHarbor.com/go as an online hub for trip planning, including schedules and directions for the wide variety of transportation services. Encore also introduced four new Twitter handles to provide up-to-the-minute updates.

Encore’s efforts around transportation, public safety, and community integration are creating a new model for siting a full-scale casino resort in a dense urban environment.

About Encore Boston Harbor Encore Boston Harbor is a $2.6 billion five-star global destination gaming resort featuring 671 hotel rooms with sweeping views of the Boston skyline and Boston Harbor, an ultra-premium spa, specialty retail, 15 dining and lounge venues, and state-of-the-art ballroom and meeting spaces. It is the largest private, single-phase development in the history of the Commonwealth.

Situated on the waterfront along the Mystic River and connected to Boston Harbor, Encore Boston Harbor will open up the Everett shoreline to the public for the first time in more than a century. The resort has created a six-acre park along the water which will feature pedestrian and bicycle paths that provide access to the waterfront, an events lawn, picnic and public viewing areas. Ornate floral displays, public art, retail and dining experiences will overlook the Encore Harborwalk.

Encore Boston Harbor encourages guests to visit the resort via public transportation, and have introduced new, high-quality services to make that easy. These services will extend throughout the region and run day and night – providing excellent travel options for guests coming from Greater Boston, EasternMassachusetts, or out of state. Visit http://www.encorebostonharbor.com for more information and trip planning tools. Follow Encore Boston Harbor on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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