Cut down Airport Impacts Now!
Massport’s growth forecasts over the past 6 years were OFF BY 375% (They underestimated):
- 4 TIMES more travelers than projected
- 9 million passengers WITH NO PLAN FOR HANDLING noise, traffic and pollution
Now more UNREALISTIC forecasts:
- NO PLAN for handling the impacts
- 14 MILLION MORE travelers in the next 5 years
Tell state regulators YOU OPPOSE MASSPORT’S INACCURATE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT PLANNINGM
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The ESPR is FLAWED
The ESPR doesn't discuss new Soundproofing, a Night Curfew, or updating Logan's Runway Use Program
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
- Air pollution is the leading cause of death globally
- Logan pumps out 21 million pounds of air pollution every year
- Air pollution kills more than 8 million people worldwide
- In a city the size of Boston, pollution causes 960 deaths a year -more than tobacco smoking, cancer and gun violence combined
- Exposure to pollution can be reduced by using HEPA air filters. Massport should pay to install HEPA filters in highly exposed homes and schools
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
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
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.
- Accurate forecasting of future high growth traffic scenarios
- Major policy changes to support shifts in ground access choices in the next 5 years
- A vastly expanded ferry system to relieve competition for regional roads
- 2 - 4 Urban and 2 - 4 more Suburban Logan Express Terminals with affordable parking and shuttle service, security screening priority, electronic check in, baggage check-through, dedicated travel lanes, and rental car services -to improve the competitive positioning of HOV travel to Logan
- Funding for the Red to Blue Connector to eliminate competing urban traffic
- Airport access and terminal fees fund solutions to traffic impacts
- 48% of Logan travel comes from outside of Route 128. Massport should focus on serving the state's travel needs more efficiently at other regional airports.