Thursday, August 15, 2013

At East Boston presser, mayoral candidate Dan Conley calls for the re-location of tunnel toll booths to airport property

At a press conference at LoPresti Park this morning, Conley pitched a his 5-point action plan for East Boston which included a bold idea to relocate tunnel toll booths onto airport property. According to prepared remarks, Conley told reporters about the plan.

"Right now, visitors to East Boston must pay a $3.50 toll to enter and leave the neighborhood, which makes it harder for restaurants and businesses to attract customers and share in the public life of our city.  Worse, East Boston residents who don't have an EZ-PASS system must pay the toll just to get to and from their homes.  These tolls were targeted at traffic to Logan Airport, not residents of and visitors to East Boston.  Let’s put the toll burden back where it belongs, on airport users, and return the plaza lands to East Boston for better use." asked Conley how the newly available land might be developed.