Construction of an on-airport “Green” Bus Depot to maintain Logan Airport’s fleet of clean-fuel buses is underway in the Northwest Service Area after several years of planning and consultation with the East Boston community.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified bus storage and maintenance facility will be used to implement Massport’s Unified Bus System that replaces and consolidates existing rental car agency buses with Massport’s own fleet of 18 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) shuttle buses. The new system will serve Logan’s four passenger terminals, the Consolidated Rental Car Facility (ConRAC), and the MBTA’s Airport Station with clean-fuel buses.
The Unified Bus System and Green Bus Depot will offer significant environmental benefits by eliminating approximately 94 existing, diesel-powered rental car buses, and replace them with 32 clean diesel-electric hybrid ones. The new depot will reduce off-airport bus trips currently required for fueling and bus maintenance, thereby reducing traffic in East Boston and Chelsea neighborhoods, and congestion on airport roadways.
Other sustainable features include measures to clean and reduce storm water runoff, limit nighttime light emitted from the facility and increase the amount of water that is recycled after being used to clean buses.
In conjunction with Consigli Construction Co., Inc., Massport project staff has attempted to identify the construction impacts in advance to reduce negative effects on your neighborhood. We regret any inconveniences you may experience, but we are committed to continued communication between neighborhood residents, developers, contractors, and Massport staff as we move through this process.
Important Contact Information:
1. General questions/concerns: Office of Government and Community Affairs, Massport: (617) 568-3711.
2. Massport Noise Abatement Hotline: (617) 561-3333.
3. For updates and important notices, please bookmark this page (http://www.massport.com/greenbusdepot).
The construction of a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified bus storage and maintenance center in Logan’s North West Service Area will incorporate sustainable design elements in the building construction and operations including: Improvements in the quality and reduction in the quantity of storm water runoff; Low-height, low-cutoff light fixtures will limit the light emitted from the building and site; and the recycling of equipment will allow reuse of approximately 70% of bus wash water.
The project will take 12-14 months for completion. The Green Bus Depot is expected to become operational in the fall of 2012.
• August, 2011: Green Bus Depot construction begins
• September, 2011: Installation of Geopiers
• November, 2011: Steel/structural panel installation
• August, 2012: End of construction/ start of bus operations
• October 1, 2012: Green Bus Depot shuttle bus service begins
CONSTRUCTION WORK HOURS:
Consigli Construction Co., Inc. is the project contractor and their regular work schedule will be 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with occasional night and weekend work when necessary. Any necessary weekend work will not begin before 8:00 a.m.
During construction, Massport’s contractor will minimize negative construction impacts on the surrounding neighborhood. These actions include the following: rodent control, prohibition of unnecessary idling of engines, closed dumpsters, strict adherence to covering all inactive soil stockpiles, watering as necessary for dust control, weekly noise monitoring reports, measuring noise levels of construction equipment to ensure specific regulations are met.
During the construction phase, construction vehicles will remain on airport roadways only.