Massport Strategic Plan Will Explore Solutions to impact of Rising Seas
Facility resiliency – restoring operations during and after events – is critical component of study
BOSTON – As the Massachusetts Port Authority develops its long range strategic plan over the next year, a key component of that effort will be how to protect Boston Logan International Airport, the Port of Boston and waterfront real estate against long-term sea level rise, storm surges and intense weather events like superstorm Sandy.
The first part of the study, currently underway, is to assess both the expected number and intensity of future storms and assess the vulnerability of Massport facilities. Both elements are required to understand the issue better in order to develop appropriate resolutions.
“Good work on looking at rising sea levels is already being done and we want to work collaboratively with federal, state and local officials on this pressing issue,’’ said Thomas P. Glynn, Massport CEO. “Resiliency planning will be critical for Massport and the region to reduce the likelihood of damage from an event and will accelerate the recovery process when an event occurs.’’
Sam Sleiman, Massport’s director of capital programs and environmental affairs, briefed the Massport board today on the resiliency study parameters. Massport will work with Leigh Fisher, the strategic plan consultant, who was hired earlier this year, to set program milestones including the hazard assessment, the vulnerability assessment, an infrastructure and operational implementation plan, as well as an estimated budget to institute recommendations.
Massport is governed by a seven-member volunteer Board appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts.
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 75 domestic and 34 international destinations and in 2012 handled 29.3 million passengers. Boston Logan is served by two public transit lines and 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.
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. For more information please visit massport.com