Massachusetts Port Authority

Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) is a port authority in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It owns and operates three airports—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]

Massachusetts Port Authority
TypeGovernment Agency
HeadquartersEast Boston, Massachusetts
Region served
Greater Boston
Lisa Wieland
>$800 million


The Massachusetts Port Authority was created in 1956 by the Massachusetts General Court to replace the locally controlled port commission;[3][4] however, the Authority was not enabled until 1959,[5] due to delay in bond funding.[6] The Authority is an independent public authority, not a state agency.[5]

In 1966, Castle Island Container Terminal was constructed for Sea-Land Corporation, one of the first intermodal container facilities. In 1971, the Authority 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.[7]

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

In June 2019, by a vote of 5-to-2, Massport’s board of directors selected the current port director to serve as the authority's chief executive. She will be earning a salary of $360,000-a-year and is scheduled to start the new position in September 2019.[8]

Massport facilities


Seaports and maritime facilities

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:[11]

  • Flynn Cruiseport Boston (formerly the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal), 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

Massport Shuttle

Logan Airport shuttle at Airport station
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.[12]

  • 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

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,[13] Massport started running a Logan Express to the Hynes Convention Center and Copley Square[14] in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston.[15] Even after Government Center reopened in 2016, the shuttle service to back Bay continues to operate

Silver Line

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.[16]

Other services

By state law, municipal police (such as the Boston Police Department) do not have jurisdiction on Massport property.[17] Police protection is provided by the Massachusetts State Police and the Massport Police. Massport Fire Rescue provides fire protection on agency property.[18]

Executive directors

  • John F. O'Halloran: 1959–1963
  • Edward J. King: 1963–1974
  • Edward Hanley (interim): 1974–1975
  • David W. Davis: 1975–1983
  • Lou Nickinello: 1983
  • David W. Davis: 1983–1990
  • Alden S. Raine: 1990–1993
  • Stephen Tocco: 1993–1997
  • Peter I. Blute: 1997–1999
  • Virginia Buckingham: 2000–2001
  • Craig Coy: 2002–2006
  • Thomas J. Kinton Jr.: 2006–2011
  • David S. Mackey (acting): 2011–2012
  • Thomas P. Glynn: 2012–2018
  • John Pranckevicius (acting) :2018–present


  1. ^ "COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on April 17, 2015.
  2. ^ "About Massport: Who We Are: Contact Info Archived 2010-01-13 at the Wayback Machine." Massachusetts Port Authority. Retrieved on January 22, 2010.
  3. ^ Chapter 465 of the Acts of 1956. Section 2.
  4. ^ "Pot Authority Effective Now, Herter To Name 7 Promptly". The Berkshire Eagle. Pittsfield, Massachusetts. AP. June 21, 1956. Retrieved February 13, 2018 – via
  5. ^ a b "FAQs". Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  6. ^ "Port Bill Signed, Hailed As Tax Relief". The Berkshire Eagle. Pittsfield, Massachusetts. UPI. October 6, 1958. Retrieved February 13, 2018 – via
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2007-04-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Chesto, Jon (2019-06-27). "Lisa Wieland will serve as Massport's new chief executive". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2019-06-28.
  9. ^ Chapter 25 of the Acts of 2009. Section 148.
  10. ^ Massport (June 22, 2010). "Massport, Worcester Airport Deal Completed". Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MASSDOT). Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-13. Retrieved 2009-08-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^
  13. ^ Buses to make Back Bay to Logan run
  14. ^ Massport - Back Bay
  15. ^ Massport - Logan Express
  16. ^
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2010-10-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-09. Retrieved 2010-10-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

External links

1978 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

The 1978 Massachusetts gubernatorial election was held on November 7, 1978. Former Massachusetts Port Authority executive director Edward J. King was elected to a four-year term, from January 4, 1979, until January 6, 1983. King won the Democratic nomination by defeating incumbent Governor of Massachusetts Michael Dukakis in the Democratic primary.

American United (fireboat)

American United is a Ranger-class Robert Allan Ltd. designed fireboat built to serve the Massachusetts Port Authority as a replacement to Massport Marine Unit 1, the Howard W. Fitzpatrick. It was scheduled to be placed in service in June 2011, and was delivered October 11, 2011, due to the complexity of the build.

Edward Hanley (state cabinet secretary)

Edward Thomas Hanley was an American government official who served as Massachusetts Secretary of Administration and Finance and vice chairman of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. He was a close aide to Edward J. King beginning during their days at the Massachusetts Port Authority.

Edward J. King

Edward Joseph King (May 11, 1925 – September 18, 2006) was an American politician who served as the 66th Governor of Massachusetts from 1979 to 1983. A member of the Democratic Party until 1985, he then became a member of the Republican Party. Elected in the Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 1978, he lost the Democratic primary of the 1982 election to his predecessor Michael Dukakis.

Hanscom Field

Hanscom Field (IATA: BED, ICAO: KBED, FAA LID: BED) (Laurence G. Hanscom Field) is a public use airport operated by the Massachusetts Port Authority, located 6 miles from the central business district of Bedford, a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States.Hanscom is mainly a general aviation airport, the largest in New England. Both runways can accommodate jets, and are used by Hanscom Air Force Base, a defense-research facility next to Hanscom Field. It is a popular training airport, with more than 40 rental aircraft on the field. The Civil Air Terminal building hosts two flight schools, East Coast Aero Club and Mike Goulian Aviation. East Coast Aero Club offers helicopter and airplane instruction, aerobatics and rental. Mike Goulian Aviation offers airplane instruction and rental. Transient general aviation planes are served by three FBOs: Jet Aviation, Rectrix Aviation, and Signature Flight Support.

Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 10,956 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2017, It is in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which called it as a non-primary commercial service airport (between 2,500 and 10,000 enplanements per year).Hanscom is a critical part of the air transportation infrastructure for Massachusetts and the rest of New England. As T. F. Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island and Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire have become viable alternatives to Logan International Airport (the region's main commercial airport), Hanscom Field has emerged as one of the most important airports serving the region's business and general aviation needs.

The field serves aircraft from Piper Cubs to Gulfstream V jets. The events of September 11 caused a number of changes to general aviation in the US. Hanscom Field saw changes implemented by Massport that included security fees, identification cards, and a requirement for propeller locks.

John F. O'Halloran

John F. O'Halloran was an American seaport operations executive who served as the first director of the Massachusetts Port Authority.

John Quelch

John Anthony Quelch CBE (born 8 August 1951) was appointed in 2017 as Vice Provost for Executive Education and Dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of Miami. He is also the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration Emeritus at Harvard Business School and Dean Emeritus at the China Europe International Business School, Shanghai.

Leslie Kirwan

Leslie A. Kirwan is an American government official and college administrator who currently serves as the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean for Administration and Finance at Harvard University.

Lewis Evangelidis

Lewis George Evangelidis (born on July 11, 1961) is the sheriff of Worcester County, Massachusetts. Prior to his being sheriff Evangelidis was a Republican member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

List of airports in Massachusetts

This is a list of airports in Massachusetts (a U.S. state), grouped by type and sorted by location. It contains all public-use and military airports in the state. Some private-use and former airports may be included where notable, such as airports that were previously public-use, those with commercial enplanements recorded by the FAA or airports assigned an IATA airport code.

As of 2009, there were 37 public-use airports, 184 private landing areas, and 2 seaplane bases in Massachusetts. 24 of the public-use airports are government owned, either by municipalities or the Massachusetts Port Authority.

Logan International Airport

Logan International Airport (IATA: BOS, ICAO: KBOS, FAA LID: BOS), officially known as General Edward Lawrence Logan Airport, and also commonly known as Boston Logan International Airport or simply Logan Airport, is an international airport in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, United States (and partially in Winthrop, Massachusetts). It covers 2,384 acres (965 ha), has six runways and four passenger terminals, and employs an estimated 16,000 people. It is the largest airport in both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the New England region in terms of passenger volume and cargo handling, as well as the 16th-busiest airport in the United States, with 38.4 million total passengers in 2017. The airport saw 40,941,925 passengers in 2018, the most in its history. It is named after General Edward Lawrence Logan, a war hero native to Boston.

Logan has service to destinations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, the North Atlantic region (including Bermuda and the Azores), Europe, Africa, and Asia. The airport is a hub for Cape Air and Delta Air Lines as well as a focus city for JetBlue. American and United also carry out significant operations from the airport, including daily transcontinental flights. All of the major U.S. air carriers offer flights from Boston to all or the majority of their primary and secondary hubs.

Lou Nickinello

Louis R. "Lou" Nickinello (born September 8, 1940 in East Boston) is an American businessman and politician who served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1971 to 1983. In 1982 he was an unsuccessful candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts.

Nickinello was appointed Executive Director of the Massachusetts Port Authority by Governor Edward J. King on King's last day in office. He was fired two weeks later after three board members appointed by new governor Michael S. Dukakis voted in favor of dismissing him. He was later appointed by Dukakis to serve as Massachusetts' Deputy Secretary of Transportation for Special Projects.After leaving politics, Nickinello served as President of Ackerley Communications (later AK Media), a billboard company. He was fired in 1997 after a federal investigation into his dealings with Congressman Bud Shuster.

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) oversees roads, public transit, aeronautics, and transportation licensing and registration in the US state of Massachusetts. It was created on November 1, 2009 by the 186th Session of the Massachusetts General Court upon enactment of the 2009 Transportation Reform Act.

Operation Atlas

Operation Atlas was a terrorist-attack drill/mockup that took place on 4 June 2005, at the Logan airport in Boston, Massachusetts. The massive operation involved real airplanes and assault teams, as in an authentic case. In the plot, a band of "terrorists", "hell-bent on death and destruction," successfully smuggled weapons and explosives onto a commercial airliner, a United Airlines Boeing 757 and threatened to use the aircraft as a missile.

Operation Atlas - essentially a war game - was designed to help more than 50 emergency response, law enforcement, and aviation organizations develop coordination and communications in preparation for a real terrorist attack. These included Massport officials, Federal Air Marshals Service (FAMS), the Department of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard Boston Homeland Security, the Federal Aviation Administration

(FAA), United Airlines, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Red Cross, and others.

Paul W. Cronin

Paul William Cronin (March 14, 1938 – April 5, 1997) was a one-term congressman of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts.

Cronin was born in Boston, Massachusetts on March 14, 1938 and graduated from Boston University in 1962 and the John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1969. He was elected as an Andover, Massachusetts selectman at the age of 24, was later elected as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1967-1969. Before his election to Congress, he also served as a member of Rep. F. Bradford Morse's Congressional Staff, and as a delegate to Republican National Conventions in both 1968 and 1972.

In 1972, he was elected as a Republican to the Ninety-third Congress, defeating future US Senator and Presidential candidate John Kerry, who had moved to the Fifth District to seek the seat after Rep. Morse resigned to take a post at the United Nations. Cronin's victory was a huge upset against the anti-war candidate Kerry. He had trailed at one point by more than 20%, and his victory was often accredited to harsh attacks by The Lowell Sun, which attacked Kerry for being an elitist carpetbagger and for his questioning of the patriotism of those who supported the war.

In the House, Cronin served on the Interior Committee, and began a process that led ultimately to the creation, years later, of an urban park in Lowell. A businessman and non-ideologue at heart, Cronin placed himself in the moderate wing of his party.

In 1974, his first bid for re-election, Cronin faced an assertive challenge from a Lowell-based county commissioner Paul Tsongas, who seized on President Nixon's impeachment troubles in what turned out to be a bad year, electorally, for Republicans nationwide. Tsongas demanded that Cronin release his income tax returns, but the congressman declined; Cronin also declined to debate Tsongas. Tsongas also made political hay over the failure of a technology firm, Mostek, to locate a facility in Lowell after Cronin had promised the firm would do so. A memorable Tsongas radio ad featured echoing footsteps in an empty building. In the November election, Tsongas won 61% of the vote—and went on to become a US Senator and a candidate for President of the United States in 1992.

Cronin later in life would serve a number of positions at Massachusetts Port Authority, and he unsuccessfully sought the GOP nomination for governor against William Weld. In 1992, Cronin won the Republican nomination to regain his old seat against a weak incumbent Chester G. Atkins. However, Atkins, who had been caught up in the House check-kiting scandal, would be defeated in the primary by an up-and-coming Democratic star, Martin T. Meehan, who in turn would defeat Cronin in the General Election 52% to 38%. Cronin died on April 5, 1997, from a brain tumor at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in Andover.

Peter I. Blute

Peter I. Blute (born January 28, 1956) is a former American Republican member of the United States House of Representatives. He served two terms, between January 3, 1993 and January 3, 1997, representing the Third District of Massachusetts. Blute and colleague Peter G. Torkildsen remain the last Republicans elected to serve in the United States House delegation from Massachusetts.

Port of Boston

The Port of Boston, (AMS Seaport Code: 0401, UN/LOCODE: US BOS), is a major seaport located in Boston Harbor and adjacent to the City of Boston. It is the largest port in Massachusetts as well as being one of the principal ports on the east coast of the United States.The Port of Boston was historically important for the growth of the City of Boston, and was originally located in what is now the downtown area of the city, called Long Wharf. Land reclamation and conversion to other uses means that the downtown area no longer handles commercial traffic, although there is still considerable ferry and leisure usage at Long Wharf. Today the principal cargo handling facilities are located in the Boston neighborhoods of Charlestown, East Boston, and South Boston, and in the neighboring city of Everett. The Port of Boston has also been an entry point for many immigrants.

Scott L. Kafker

Scott L. Kafker (born April 24, 1959) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and the former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

Kafker graduated from Amherst College in 1981 and from the University of Chicago Law School in 1985, where he was on the Law Review. He served as a law clerk to Justice Charles L. Levin of the Michigan Supreme Court and Judge Mark L. Wolf of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. After clerking, he entered private practice as an associate at the Boston law firm of Foley, Hoag & Eliot, where he worked on labor and employment cases and other commercial disputes. During the administration of Governor William F. Weld, Kafker served as deputy chief legal counsel to the governor and chief legal counsel for the Massachusetts Port Authority. In 2001, he was appointed to the Massachusetts Appeals Court. He was appointed chief justice of that court on July 22, 2015. During his time on the appeals court, Kafker wrote close to 1,000 decisions.On June 26, 2017, Kafker was nominated by Governor Charlie Baker to replace retiring Justice Geraldine Hines on the Supreme Judicial Court. He was Governor Baker's fifth nominee for the seven-member court. Kafker was confirmed the following month by a unanimous vote of the Governor's Council.

Worcester Regional Airport

Worcester Regional Airport (IATA: ORH, ICAO: KORH, FAA LID: ORH) is three miles (5 km) west of Worcester, in Worcester County, Massachusetts. The main property lies within municipalities of Worcester and Leicester, with supporting facilities in Paxton. Once owned by the City of Worcester, the airport has been owned and operated by the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) since June 2010.


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