General Manager Beverly Scott
BOSTON – Massport today announced more choices for airline passengers looking for convenient ways to get to and from Boston Logan International Airport, with the start of the Back Bay Logan Express and the entry of the national brand Super Shuttle into the Boston market.
Logan’s new Back Bay Logan Express launched April 28 as a two year pilot with convenient service every 20 minutes between the two Back Bay locations and the airport. The 42-foot clean fuel bus will stop at each airport terminal on the departure level and pick-up passengers on the arrivals level. Massport is offering the shuttle bus service as part of its effort to promote high occupancy vehicle use as well as to provide a convenient alternative to Green Line passengers heading to the airport during the two year closure of the Government Center MBTA Station. Forty percent of Logan’s passengers choose a bus, public transit, taxi or shared van to reach the airport ranking Logan first among U.S. airports for high occupancy vehicle use.
“Logan Express service between the suburbs and Logan Airport is successful and the time is right with the closure of the Government Center T station for us to test that concept in the Back Bay where demand is high for direct airport service to accommodate the growing number of visitors and conventioneers,” said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn.
“This is another terrific reason to use public transportation,” said MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott. “By providing an easy connection to the Green Line, this new service provides customers with a very convenient transit alternative.’’
“The Hynes Convention Center, the three headquarters hotels nearby and the entire Back Bay community will benefit from this new shuttle service,” said James E. Rooney, executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. “The Hynes is already a popular destination for meetings and conventions, and the Back Bay Logan Express will make it even more so.”
Massport expects to carry up to 1,400 passengers each day using 42’ foot clean fuel buses. Service will be seven days a week starting at 5:00 am until 9:00 pm from Back Bay and 6:00 am until 10:00 pm from Logan Airport. The fare will be $5.00 payable with a credit or debit card or free for riders with a valid MBTA pass.
For passengers not in the Back Bay, a new option to and from Logan is the Super Shuttle vans that serve airports around the nation. The blue and yellow vans started operating at Logan earlier this year, and the company had a van at today’s announcement of the Back Bay Logan Express.
Other public transportation options from Logan Airport include the popular free Silver Line service to the South Boston Innovation District and South Station with connections to the MBTA’s Red Line rapid transit system. The Silver Line, which started service in 2006, is a keystone in Massport’s efforts to promote HOV ridership to and from the airport to reduce congestion at the terminal curbs and on airport roadways, as well as reduce vehicle emissions. Massport purchased eight clean-fuel Silver Line buses in 2005.