November 22, 2022
November 13, 2022
MANSFIELD — A new bus service between the city’s commuter rail station and Boston’s Logan International Airport kicks off Saturday, and officials say it will ease traffic congestion and provide cost-effective, stress-free travel at a time when gasoline prices are high.
Randolph-based Blue Apple Bus Co. will take people on daily round trips to and from the airport, giving them what it says is a reliable and cost-effective transportation option.
John Cogliano, president and CEO of Blue Apple, said bus service will begin with 10 daily round trips from Mansfield to Logan from 3 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from Logan to Mansfield from 4:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. 45.
Tickets are $22 one way or $44 round trip.
The company said the new bus service is a solution to high gas prices and a stressful commute to Logan.
Additionally, Cogliano said, bus service will increase over the next few months for hourly trips from Mansfield to the airport.
The service to Logan will be the first since Bonanza Bus ended service at the old Foxfield Plaza near Route 140 approximately 10 to 15 years ago.
“This is an area that has been underserved when it comes to airport access. This is a game-changer for people living along the Route 95 corridor,” he said.
“Travelling on a Blue Apple bus to Logan Airport is a safer, greener and more economical way to get to your destination,” Cogliano said.
Passengers will travel on coaches that can carry 55 passengers and luggage. The buses have WiFi service, collision avoidance systems and a state-of-the-art air purification system, Cogliano said.
The service will mean up to 55 fewer cars on the road, reducing local traffic congestion and overall gas consumption, and benefiting the environment, he said.
The only other options are to use rideshare vehicles that could cost up to $250 during peak hours, he said, or to drive to Braintree and take the Logan Express from there.
“You would always be driving in Braintree,” Cogliano said, “wondering if you’re going to catch your flight on time.”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony with Cogliano, state officials and other local dignitaries and city officials is scheduled at the station at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
Cogliano held several high-level transportation positions under Governor Mitt Romney, including transportation secretary and chairman of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority.
He was also a former chairman of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and commissioner of the State Highway Department.
Parking for passengers using the Blue Apple Bus airport express service is available at the Foundry Parking Facility on Howe Street, near the station’s MBTA car park.
Cogliano called the new daily bus service a public-private partnership that could only have happened with the support of City of Mansfield officials, GATRA, MassDOT, MBTA and the Federal Highway Administration. and public transport.
He also congratulated U.S. Representative Stephen Lynch, B-Boston, U.S. Representative Jake Auchincloss, D-Newton, State Representative Jay Barrows, R-Mansfield, and State Senator Paul Feeney, D-Foxboro, for their assistance.
“This new bus service to Logan Airport from Mansfield will not only benefit residents and businesses of Mansfield, Foxboro and Norton, but also residents of surrounding communities. This airport bus service is long overdue and provides financial relief to the public from high gas prices,” Barrows said in a statement.
Feeney called the launch of the bus service “a big win for our region.” He said it provides an “essential missing link that will support economic development, more efficient transportation to and from Boston, and an added level of convenience for residents of our area.”
In a statement, City Manager Kevin Dumas said, “The City of Mansfield recognizes that an improved transportation system provides economic and quality of life benefits to Mansfield residents and businesses.
Kara Griffin, executive director of the Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce, said the group has received several inquiries about service in Logan.
“Launching this much-needed service will be a great benefit to leisure or business travelers, while helping our environment,” Griffin said.
David Linton can be reached at 508-236-0338.