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Boston Logan Cell Phone Lot Gets New Location and Green Upgrade

Monday, November 29, 2010

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Boston Logan’s Popular Cell Phone Waiting Lot Gets Location and Green Upgrades
Lot to Move Dec. 1 and Will Have Porous Pavement to Improve Water Runoff Management

BOSTON – Boston Logan International Airport’s popular Cell Phone Waiting Lot will move from its present location to a more convenient spot at the intersection of Hotel Drive and Service Road, near the airport Gulf Station, on Wednesday, Dec. 1. The new location will have 60 spaces – an increase of 10 from the three-year-old lot -- and be much closer to the terminals.

“The Cell Phone Waiting Lot has been extremely popular with people driving to Logan to pick up arriving passengers,’’ said Ed Freni, Director of Aviation for the Massachusetts Port Authority. “It gives motorists a place to park for free for up to 30 minutes. The lot not only reduces emissions and roadway congestion because drivers do not have to circle the airport roadway system waiting for arriving passengers, it also uses porous pavement which eliminates water runoff.’’

This is the first Massport project to use porous pavement, a permeable pavement surface with a stone reservoir underneath it that allow captures and filtration of the runoff before it seeps to the subsoil and recharges the groundwater. The lot is landscaped with trees and shrubs and their root systems will use the water in the subsoil.

"The porous pavement used in the new cell phone lot looks like regular asphalt, but was mixed without some of the particles used in traditional impermeable asphalt," said Sam Sleiman, Massport’s Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs.  “This allows water to penetrate through the pavement.”

Since its opening in 2007, the cell phone lot has been steadily used throughout the day. Drivers should stay no more than 30 minutes in the cell lot and they must stay with their vehicles at all times; unattended cars will be ticketed and towed. State law limits idling to five minutes. Drivers should allow at least 20 minutes for passengers to deplane and claim checked luggage and drivers should wait in the lot until arriving passengers have called to be picked up, and then they should follow signs to the terminals. Passengers should be met at the “active pick-up curb” at each terminal.

The lot is moving from the location on Harborside Drive as part of the pre-construction work for Boston Logan International Airport’s planned $337 million Consolidated Rental Car Facility, known as Conrac. The Harborside Drive location is needed to accommodate the temporary relocation of the taxi pool – the area of the airport where taxis are staged before being dispatched to the terminals as needed.

To get to the new cell lot from the Ted Williams Tunnel, drivers should take the Harborside Drive exit and turn left at the light onto Hotel Drive. Turn left at the light onto Service Road. The Cell Phone Lot will be on your right. From the Callahan Tunnel and Route 1A, drivers should use the departure roadway for all terminals and follow signs for Hotels, Economy Lot and Fuel/Food. At the end of the down ramp from the departure roadway motorists should proceed straight through the traffic light and turn right into the Cell Phone Lot.

Driving from the arrival roadway of Terminals A, B and C, motorists should follow Airport Exit signs, stay left and follow signs for Hotels and Cell Phone Lot, turn right at the traffic light onto Hotel Drive, turn left at the light onto Service Road. The Cell Phone Lot will be on your right and make a right turn into the lot.

From Terminal E, drivers should follow signs for Lot 2/Hotels and Cell Phone Lot, go past the Gulf gas station, turn left at light onto Hotel Drive, the Cell Phone Lot will be on your right, turn right at the light onto Service Road and the Cell Lot entrance is on the right.

For motorists using a GPS, the coordinates for the new Cell Lot are: 42.370217 -71.025767.

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.