Silver Line free from airport starting today (BOS)

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/18714429/silver-line-free-from-airport-starting-today

    Passengers taking the Silver Line buses from Logan International Airport to Downtown Boston will ride for free starting today.

    In an effort to speed airport to South Station transfers, all doors on Silver Line buses will be open for boarding and fares will be waived for those passengers getting on.

    The goal is to cut down on car congestion at Logan and free up parking at the airport. It is part of a pilot program which runs through September 3.

    http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/18714429/silver-line-free-from-airport-starting-today
     
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    Great to hear! :)
     
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    Hope they offer it permanently for free in the future too!;)
     
  4. Seacarl
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    The Silver line should be used as proof why BRT (bus rapid transit) sucks and should never be used as an excuse not to build real rail transit. There is nothing rapid about the Silver line and the buses are loud and uncomfortable and so slow and circuitous.
     
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    The silver line seems to work okay and was implemented at fairly low
    cost. I was really skeptical at first but have ended up using it quite often
    despite its warts and blemishes.

    It of course should have been free in the first place (most trips are
    transfer trips anyway and will generate the same revenue, just
    collected at a different point).
     
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    Agree with you there - many trips will connect with the Red Line, and speeding boarding at Logan should reduce operatign costs and increase reliabilty
    The connection between the two tunnels is a joke - how many traffic lights and how many minutes? They were built at the same time. It's an insult to the concept of bus rapit transit what they built - or proof that bus rapid transit will never ever be built in a way that is a substitute for rail, it's just an excuse to save money and underinvest in transit. I'm told the other Silver Line segment is no better, just glorified bus.
     
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    What's funny is MassPort also though that raising the Central Parking Garage (and B garage) prices to 27.00 a day were going encourage mass transit and reduce parking strains. It's quite a joke, and MassPort was just going in to grab more $$$ from travelers.

    Still regularly is Central Parking over loaded and full. Even the Economy parking garage gets extremely full on certain days.

    Nothing wrong with the silver line, but it doesn't meet everyone's need. Nice to see they are giving it for free for the short term outbound from the airport, but not a solution to their horrible parking issues.

    From NH I can use Boston Express Bus. And the free parking in Londonderry is nice but it is hassle. You make two other local stops, then stop at South Station and finally at the airport. AND after midnight or before 6 am, forget about this as a option.
     
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    But the connection from Silver Line to Red Line is inside the fare area so no need to pay if transferring at South Station.

    And I completely agree, the connections between those tunnels is atrocious. The other Silver Line segment is definitely similar, it's just a different painted bus there from the normal white and yellow T buses.
     

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