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Massport to launch bus service between Logan, Back Bay

File photo of Logan. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff.

The Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates Logan International Airport, announced Thursday the start of nonstop shuttle bus service from the airport to two Back Bay locations --- the Copley MBTA station and the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center.

On busy days, the parking lots at Logan can fill up quickly. On one day in February during the school vacation period, for example, some drivers were directed to the parking lot at Suffolk Downs in East Boston, where they could leave their car free of charge and catch a courtesy shuttle back to the airport. 

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Massport said that Logan’s new Back Bay Shuttle will launch this spring as a two-year pilot with service every 20 minutes between the two Back Bay locations and the airport. The shuttle bus will stop at each airport terminal on the departure level and pick up passengers on the arrivals level.

Massport said it expects to carry up to 1,400 passengers each day using 40-foot clean fuel buses. Service will be seven days a week starting at 5 a.m. and running until 9 p.m. from the Back Bay and from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. from Logan Airport, Massport said.

The fare will be $5, payable with a credit or debit card, or free for riders with a valid MBTA pass, Massport said.

“Logan Express service between the suburbs and Logan Airport is successful and the time is right with the closure of the Government Center T station for us to test that concept in the Back Bay, where demand is high for direct airport service to accommodate the growing number of visitors and conventioneers,” Massport chief executive Thomas P. Glynn said in a statement. 

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.
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