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Boston Logan Grows the Economy with New Lot
No More Parking Tricks Finding Economy Lot; Only Treats with 1,000 Spaces Open Nov. 1
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Port Authority announced today that the first 1,000 spaces of a 3,000 space economy parking garage will open at 9 a.m. on Monday Nov. 1, 2010. By consolidating economy parking in one convenient location on the airport Massport expects to improve customer service by reducing the use of several out-of-the-way overflow lots.
“No one likes to have to hunt for parking when they are trying to catch a flight,’’ said Ed Freni, Director of Aviation. “We hope the garage eliminates that stress and we wanted to make sure the permanent spaces were available before the holidays.’’
The new two-deck economy parking garage is located where the open air Economy Lot was, in the North Cargo area of the airport at the intersection of Service Road and Prescott Street. Parking is competitively priced at $18 a day or $108 a week. Garage construction started in July and Massport anticipates another 1,000 spaces will be ready in December and all 3,000 spaces to be available for use in early 2011.
The garage will not only enhance customer service, but it is expected to reduce vehicle miles traveled and associated air emissions because the scattered overflow lots will be used with less frequency. Solar panels on the roof of the garage will provide 12 percent of the energy needs for the facility, which uses energy efficient LED lighting throughout. The garage will be served by CNG-powered courtesy Massport shuttle buses that will go to all airport terminals.
Boston Logan, 15 minutes from the intersection of Route 128 and I-90 and five minutes from downtown Boston, serves as the gateway to the New England region and offers nonstop service to 70 domestic and 31 international destinations and in 2009 handled 25.5 million passengers. Boston Logan is the Air Line Pilot Association’s Airport of the Year for 2008 because of its commitment to safety. Over the past decade, the airport spent $4.5 billion on a modernization program that includes new terminals, parking facilities, roadways and airport concessions, and has been transformed into a world-class 21st Century facility. The airport generates $7 billion in total economic impact each year.
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The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $8 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. No state tax dollars are used to fund operations or capital improvements at Massport facilities.