The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) has purchased a 9.6 acre site in Peabody for an additional Logan Express park-n-ride facility. The new service is expected to eliminate 200,000 car trips a year to and from Logan International Airport, reducing traffic and congestion on neighborhood streets and major roads.
"A new Logan Express facility on the North Shore will help us provide first rate customer service while reducing the number of cars that pass through local streets," said Massport Executive Director and CEO Virginia Buckingham. "We are setting the standard for environmentally-friendly access to air travel."
Massports fourth Logan Express facility will be located at 146 Newbury Street (Route 1) in Peabody at the site of the current Volcano Park indoor golf business. The site offers easy access to and from Route 1 and Interstate 95. The new Logan Express is expected to open Fall 2001 with 200 parking spaces with plans to accommodate up to 700 spaces.
"I feel that the addition of the new Logan Express site in Peabody will make life easier for residents on the North Shore," said Senator Fredrick E. Berry (D-Peabody). "The new park-and-ride facility will provide a convenient, accessible, and reliable way to get to and from Logan Airport."
The first Logan Express opened in Braintree in 1986 as part of a mitigation agreement Massport made to increase HOV ridership. An additional Logan Express service opened in Framingham later that year and the Woburn Logan Express began in 1993. Last year, Logan Express carried an all-time high of 1.1 million passengers, an 8% increase over 1999.