Mass. Gov. Proposes “Carbon Fee” at Logan Airport


Noah Bierman
Boston Globe
March 2, 2009

In the same month that Logan International Airport hiked its parking rates by $1, Governor Deval Patrick is asking for another $2 parking “carbon fee” as part of his transportation overhaul filed this week.

[efoods]The carbon fee, described on page 137 of Patrick’s 141-page bill, would that mean a 20- or 30-minute trip to pick up a relative at Logan could cost $6 in parking alone, not including tunnel tolls, which could rise to as much as $7 if legislators fail to pass Patrick’s other proposal to raise the gas tax. Three hours in a Logan garage would cost $18; all-day parking in a garage would run $26.

Boston’s short-term rates are currently higher than those in the nation’s largest cities – from New York’s LaGuardia to Los Angeles International, to Chicago’s O’Hare.

“It makes me never want to park here,” said Pam Nagy of Sutton, who was hauling luggage into Logan on Friday.

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