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MassPort unveils car rental center at Logan

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September 24, 2013 04:38 PM EST | AP


BOSTON — BOSTON (AP) — People flying into Logan International Airport will now need to go to just one place to rent a car.

The Massachusetts Port Authority has unveiled its new $310 million rental car center. Nine rental companies will operate out of the 120,000-square-foot customer service center. There is also a four-level garage.

Starting Wednesday, MassPort's bus traffic will drop from 100 diesel buses per hour to 28 hybrid buses per hour running to and from the center. As a result, Massport predicts a 35 percent decrease in airport-related emissions.

Officials say the new shuttle system will be more efficient because it will drop off departing passengers on the upper level and pick up arriving passengers on the lower level. The first stop on the MBTA's blue line shuttle will now be the rental car center.