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Logan Airport May Soon Charge Pickup, Dropoff Fees

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    The operators of Logan International Airport in Boston have agreed to study a plan to charge drivers who pick up or drop off passengers at the terminals in an attempt to cut down on congestion and pollution.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 28, 2017)

    The operators of Logan International Airport in Boston have agreed to study a plan to charge drivers who pick up or drop off passengers at the terminals in an attempt to cut down on congestion and pollution.

    The Boston Globe reports that the study is part of an agreement between the Massachusetts Port Authority and the environmental group, the Conservation Law Foundation.

    In exchange, the foundation will not oppose the agency's $250 million plan to add 5,000 parking spaces at Logan.

    "I don't get it. Money, money, money constantly," said frequent traveler Arthur.

    Massport officials say more than 20,000 cars per day pull up to Logan's terminals to either drop someone off or pick someone up.

    Traveler Jenysis Pitter isn't old enough to travel by herself but told NBC Boston that she knows it can be expensive.

    "You are already paying the ticket for the plane, you shouldn't have to pay to just drop someone off," Pitter said.

    Pitter and her mom were fresh off the plane from a vacation in Orlando on Monday and waiting for her dad to pick them up.

    "He hated the fact that he has to pay for tolls," she said.

    More flights in an out of Boston in the last few years means more pollution.

    The Conservation Law Foundation released a statement saying, "Traffice in and out of Logan continues to worsen and we cannot ignore any solution that has the potential to save passengers time and curb emissions associated with drop offs and pick ups."

    The review is expected to be completed by July 2019.

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