Massachusetts Port Authority

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Massachusetts Port Authority
Abbreviation Massport
Formation 1956
Type Government Agency
Headquarters East Boston, Massachusetts
Region served
Greater Boston
Thomas P. Glynn

Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) is a port authority in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It owns and operates three airports—Boston Logan International Airport, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport—and public terminals in the Port of Boston. It is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose transportation facilities generate more than $600 million annually;[1] no state tax dollars are used to fund operations or capital improvements at Massport facilities. Its headquarters is located in the Logan Office Center, adjacent to Logan Airport in East Boston, Massachusetts.[2]

Massport facilities[edit]


Seaports and maritime facilities[edit]

The Port of Boston includes Cruiseport Boston and facilities in the Boston Marine Industrial Park in South Boston, and others in East Boston and Charlestown:[5]

  • Black Falcon Cruise Terminal (a.k.a. Cruiseport Boston), One Black Falcon Avenue, South Boston
  • Paul W. Conley Terminal, First & Farragut Road, South Boston - Container port
  • Boston Autoport, Charlestown - Automobile shipping, leased to private operator.
  • The Boston Fish Pier, South Boston - Seafood processing, acquired in 1972.
  • Mystic Piers 48,49 and 50, Charlestown - Used for bulk storage and shipping of salt since the 1980s
  • Medford Street Terminal, Charlestown - Dock, office, and warehouse areas, purchased in 1986 from Revere Sugar Refinery and Somerville Lumber.
  • East Boston Shipyard and Marina - Marginal Street, East Boston - Former Navy and Bethlehem Steel site, equipped for ship repair.
  • Massport Marine Terminal (MMT)/North Jetty, South Boston - Used for Big Dig staging, berths now available. Being developed for seafood processing.
  • Fargo Street Terminal, South Boston - Storage and support activities
  • International Cargo Terminal, 88 Black Falcon Avenue, South Boston - Warehouses and office space

Transportation services[edit]

Massport Shuttle[edit]

A Logan Airport shuttle bus on the #22 route, which serves Terminals A and B, in the busway at Airport station

The Massport Shuttle connects all terminals at Boston Logan International Airport to Airport Station on the MBTA Blue Line, as well as the water transportation dock on Harborside Drive and the Rental Car Center.[6]

  • 11 serves terminals A, B, C and E (no subway station stop)
  • 22 serves terminals A and B to subway station and rental car center. (during midday peak hours)
  • 33 serves terminals C and E to subway station and rental car center. (during midday peak hours)
  • 55 serves all terminals, subway station and rental car center. (during early morning and late evening off-peak hours)
  • 66 serves all terminals, subway station and water transportation dock.
  • 88 serves all terminals and the economy parking garage.

Logan Express[edit]

Massport also operates Logan Express bus service between all terminals and park-and-ride lots in Braintree (near South Shore Plaza), Framingham (Shopper's World), Woburn (Anderson Regional Transportation Center), and Peabody (164 Newbury Street). In 2014, with the closure of the Government Center subway station,[7] Massport started running a Logan Express to the Hynes Convention Center and Copley Square[8] in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston.[9]

Silver Line[edit]

Massport provides financial assistance to the MBTA for operation of the Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit service to Logan terminals from downtown Boston, and contributes to the maintenance of Airport Station and ventilation of the Ted Williams Tunnel.[10]

Other services[edit]

By state law, municipal police (such as the Boston Police Department) do not have jurisdiction on Massport property.[11] Police protection is provided by the Massachusetts State Police and the Massport Police. Massport Fire Rescue provides fire protection on agency property.[12]


The independent Massachusetts Port Authority was created in 1956 to replace the locally controlled port commission.[13] In 1966, Castle Island Container Terminal was constructed for Sea-Land Corporation, one of the first intermodal container facilities. In 1971, Massport constructed a second container port in Charlestown for the use of other shipping companies. In 1980, Sea-Land ended its exclusive lease, and the first container port was enlarged and made available for other shipping companies.[14]

On January 1, 2010, the Tobin Bridge was transferred from Massport to the new Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

Executive directors[edit]


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