Cut down Airport Impacts Now!

Massport’s growth forecasts over the past 6 years were OFF BY 375% (They underestimated):

Now more UNREALISTIC forecasts:

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NOISE FACTS

The ESPR is FLAWED

The ESPR doesn't discuss new Soundproofing, a Night Curfew, or updating Logan's Runway Use Program

Noise

ESPR 2017 should protect against the highest impact scenarios, not the lowest

The last ESPR used low activity forecasts and flights grew by 57% more NOW large jets at Logan are at an all-time high

ESPR lacks 50 and 55 DNL contour maps for communities with significant noise burdens under RNAV flight paths

ESPR 2017 forecast: 1% flight growth/ year Actual flight growth: over 2 times fasterAt this rate: 47% more over 10 - 15 years

ESPR noise forecasts are too low. Exposed populations could grow 6 x's faster

European airports have curfews, but night flights at Logan rose by 10.5% (2016 to 2017) ...3 X's FASTER than predicted

Boston deserves a Runway Use Program that shares noise burdens fairly

Causing chronic illness and learning impairments, Airport Noise costs our region billions of dollars in healthcare

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Inaccurate forecasts mean impacts will rise above Massport's forecast

Do less flights mean less noise? No. Jumbo jets are louder than small propeller planes -and jet activity reached an all-time high in 2016 and is still growing

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The ESPR states that aircraft operations will grow at a 1% rate over the next 10 - 15 years. But Logan flight rates have increased at more than twice that pace. At present growth rates, 47% more flights will be added in the next 10 - 15 years.

Low forecasts lead to lower policy and planning commitments for handling noise. The last ESPR predicted 39 Million passengers by 2030, but Logan passed 39 million in 2017 (13 years ahead of time). The noise from all those extra flights was added, but no soundproofing or flight track changes were implemented.

The ESPR's noise data is confusing and doesn't acknowledge the negative health effects ...sleep interruption, cognitive decline, loss of performance of children in school, stress, heart disease, stroke ...of airport noise.

As THE key document in Logan's state environmental review, the ESPR should include policies and strategies to protect against the most severe possible impacts BEFORE they hit.

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AIR POLLUTION FACTS

LoganSERIOUS PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT

Massport should not wait for the FAA to create a regional Air-Proofing Program… THEY SHOULD DO IT RIGHT NOW!

Future Pollution Levels will be far higher than predicted

Logan currently pumps out 58,000 lbs of pollution a day. ...21 million lbs a year

Ultra-fine pollution causes asthma, COPD, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autism, cancer, alzeimers, and more

Airport air pollution extends 10 miles out under airport flight paths

Landing Fee money can be used to pay for air filters in classrooms and homes

ESPR flight growth estimate: 1.1% Actual flight growth since 2011: 1.5% ...36% more

ESPR passenger growth estimate: 1.5% Actual growth: 5.4% ...260% more

ESPR plans should protect against the highest pollution scenarios, not the lowest

4 changes in pollution modeling programs in the past 6 years make comparing pollution trends impossible

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Can you make sense of the Aircraft/GSE Model Column Headings?

6 - 8 X's the ultra-fine pollution… 10 miles away from Los Angeles airport

The grey bars show pollution when the wind is blowing from Logan; the green bars show levels when it's not. Logan's fumes affect the entire region

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DEP letsMassport propose projects WITHOUT saying how they will add to environmental impacts. Instead, review of airport impacts is delayed until the Environmental Status and Planning Reports (ESPR) come out ...every 5 years.

Airport pollution forecasts that are way too low lead to way too small of a Massport commitment to control pollution, and air quality in the region gets worse. Since the last ESPR, flights at Logan grew twice as fast -and passenger levels grew almost 4 times faster than Massport predicted. This has left the region with the air pollution of 8 million more travelers and tens of thousands of new fights than planned. Ooops.

Constantly changing models make the ESPR's pollution data confusing. And the ESPR doesn't acknowledge the autism, cancer, alzeimers, ...or the economic impacts of air pollution. As a key environmental permitting document the ESPR should include policies and strategies to protect against air pollution impacts BEFORE they hit.

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TRAFFIC FACTS

Massport should take responsibility for regional traffic impacts

Future Airport Traffic will be worse

Massport is not doing enough to fight traffic

The public should not pay the price!


The last ESPR projected 3 million more passengers over 5 years, but 12M more came. Massport hasn't managed those extra trips

ESPR 2017 does not acknowledge the health or productivity cost of airport traffic

14 million more passengers could come by the next ESPR (2022). Massport's plan to add 2 Million more seats to Logan Express is too little to deal with the 8 million travelers who will be flooding our roads in the next 5 years.

Logan traffic is gridlocking the tunnels, 93, the Pike, on-ramps, and the entire city

Logan Express Bus travel is 20 times more efficient than passenger car travel. We need more than a 10% increase in seats

Massport needs to increase train and bus use to 70% of Logan travelers, if we're going to keep pace with Logan traffic

We need the Red to Blue Connector, Blue Line to Lynn, and massive expansion and improvement of Logan Express

Travellers and airlines should pay for improvements

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Logan traffic is choking the Boston region, while 48% of their trips come from outside of Route 128. And the trend is heading in the wrong direction

There are 26 current projects underway at Logan. None of them deal with traffic impacts outside of the airport

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Passenger volumes at Logan have grown by 33% since the last ESPR (and by 64% in the past ten years). At this rate, travelers to Logan will more than double again in the next 15 years, and add 14 million more passengers a year in the next 5 years ...before the next ESPR.

Low traffic forecasts in the ESPR mean millions of additional cars will be coming to Boston without a plan to deal with congestion -- making traffic worse. The ESPR needs to include serious plans to deal with this serious problem.

Air travel is BIG business for the airlines, but airport traffic gridlocks the city and shifts billions in healthcare and economic losses onto the state. Adding 2 million more seats to Logan Express is not enough. MEPA should require Massport to provide plans that address worst case traffic scenarios so airport traffic deson't further burden our regional roads.

Logan has been stuck at 30% HOV bus and train use for 20 years. And increasing passenger levels at Logan will require massive transit upgrades. Studies and evaluations, or changing the way we count HOV to pump up HOV numbers, won't get the job done. Massport needs an aggressive, bold plan to build a transit system which can get 60 - 70% of travelers to Logan by train, boat or bus.

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