Ground Transportation Initiatives
Massport’s surface transportation goal is to provide a diverse range of ground access options for air passengers, airport employees, and other airport users.
Massport accomplishes this by promoting ridership on high-occupancy vehicles (HOVs), reducing reliance on single-occupant vehicles (SOVs), and maintaining and enhancing efficient transportation access and parking options in and around Logan Airport. Since the early 1980s, Massport has been a leader in the development, promotion, and use of alternative means of ground transportation for access to and from Logan Airport. By providing a diverse range of environmentally responsible alternatives to travelers, employees and other Airport users, reliance on SOVs has diminished, reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality.
Ground transportation and access highlights for 2008* include:
- Ground transportation activity levels associated with Logan Airport generally decreased for all surface transportation modes from 2007 to 2008 as a result of a 7 percent decline in the annual number of air passengers, as described in Chapter 2, Activity Levels.
- Average daily traffic on Airport roadways decreased by 13 percent from 2007 to 2008, while vehicle miles traveled (VMT) decreased by 11 percent. This can be attributed directly to a decrease in annual passengers at the airport.
- Air passenger ridership on Logan Express bus service decreased by 14 percent in 2008 compared to 2007.
- Silver Line boardings at the Airport increased 5 percent. The increase in Silver Line ridership is likely due to new ridership as well as diversion from other services, such as from water transportation, limousines and taxis. Ridership on water transportation decreased by 12 percent, limousine ridership decreased by 19 percent, and taxi dispatches decreased 9 percent.
- Over the past several years, transit services have seen substantial increases in employee use. In 2008, the number of employees using Logan Express increased by 7 percent.
- In 2008, the Logan Transportation Management Association (Logan TMA) continued the operation of three programs that were introduced in 2007: 1) Sunrise Shuttle, which provides shuttle services between 3:00 A.M. and 5:30 A.M. for Airport employees who reside in East Boston; 2) Logan TMA Preferential Carpooling, which provides free parking at the West Garage to employees of Logan TMA member companies who carpool in groups of three or more; and 3) the Commuter Cash program, which financially rewards employees ($3/day) who switch from driving alone to either carpooling, bicycling, walking, or using public transportation.
- The number of vehicles parked on-Airport decreased by 14 percent in 2008 compared to 2007. The most significant change to the parking supply was the 40 percent reduction of spaces in the Economy Lot due to construction activities during most of the year.
*As reported in the most recent Environmental Data Report (EDR). The EDR is issued annually in the Fall for the previous calendar year.