BOSTON (CBS) — The coronavirus pandemic has forced Massport to scale back its expansion plans at Logan Airport. The five-year, $3 billion plan was cut by one-third after a board vote on Thursday.
Scrapped projects include two new parking garages and efforts to build a monorail-like system to move people between the airport and the Blue Line. Three of the seven gates for the Terminal E expansion were cut, lowering the cost of the $700 million project by $135 million.READ MORE: Vigil Planned For 17-Year-Old Who Drowned At Dedham Graduation Party
The Logan Express bus from Back Bay and Peabody will remain suspended, and service from Braintree and Framingham will stay limited.
The travel industry has been hit hard by the pandemic. At Thursday’s meeting, the board adopted a new budget for the fiscal year that anticipates $600 million in revenue. Two years ago, the budget estimated $900 million in revenue.READ MORE: Chipmunk Wanted For 'Burglarizing' Pelham NH Police Department
Passenger count at the airport is roughly 90% lower than it was a year ago. About 300 flights are heading in and out of Logan a day, up from fewer than 200 in late April, but not near the 1,200 flights the airport saw a day before the pandemic.
The scrapped projects will be revisited, but it is unclear when.MORE NEWS: Police: Woburn Man Who Just Received License To Carry Accidentally Shoots Friend While Showing New Gun