Massport Kicks Uber, Lyft to Central Parking Garage

By Boston Chauffeur

The Massachusetts Port Authority now requires Uber and Lyft drivers to pick-up and drop-off their riders inside the Central Parking Garage beginning.

According to CBS, the changes went into effect on October 1st. The changes are designed to alleviate traffic congestion at the curbside pick-up and drop areas located at the terminals. All pick-ups will have to be done at the Central Parking Garage. Drop-offs are permitted at the terminals between the hours of 4 a.m. to 10 a.m., according to the CBS Boston.

A $3.25 per ride drop off fee will also be collected from the ridesharing companies similar to the $3.25 pick up fee that is currently collected, according to CBS Taxis and limousines will be exempt from the rule changes.

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Massport officials see the plan as a real positive step in addressing a growing concern at Logan.

“Year over year, we’ve grown over 30-percent on our largest, most disruptive mode of transportation. We can’t just sit idly by and have the gridlock continue to get worse,” Dan Gallagher, the agency’s Director of Aviation Business and Finance, told CBS

At that pace, Massport officials estimate there will be 15 million TNC trips, including deadheads, to and from Logan in 2019, which is up from 12 million TNC trips in 2018. “Deadheads” are ridesharing vehicles that either travel to or from the airport without any passengers, which accounted for 5 million vehicles in 2018.

The new plan was greeted with enthusiasm and skepticism.

Governor Charlie Baker said he supports the plan because it will ease traffic congestion at Logan. Meanwhile, Uber officials said it will cause confusion and force them to charge more money for their ridesharing services.

central parking logan airport (Courtesy photo CBS

(Courtesy photo CBS

With the changes, ridesharing passengers will have to walk further and tote their luggage longer to the new pick-up and drop-off location in the Central Parking Garage.

Taxi and limousine riders will still be able to go to the designated areas they use now at the airport’s four terminals.

Massport officials also say that moving Uber and Lyft pick up and drop-offs to the Central Parking Garage will reduce TNC (Transportation Network Company) rides with no passengers by one-third. The state agency added that it will give up revenue from 1,000 parking spaces inside the garage to make this happen.

Gallagher also told CBS that Massport’s long-term goal is to have all modes of ground transportation, including taxis and limousines, in one center when space is available.






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