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The Massachusetts Port Authority was created in 1956 by the Massachusetts General Court to replace the locally controlled port commission; however, the Authority was not enabled until 1959, due to delay in bond funding. The Authority is an independent public authority, not a state agency.
In 1966, Castle Island Container Terminal was constructed for Sea-Land Corporation, one of the first intermodal container facilities. In 1971, the Authority constructed a second container port in Charlestown for the use of other shipping companies. In 1980, Sea-Land ended its exclusive lease, and the first container port was enlarged and made available for other shipping companies.
In June 2019, by a vote of 5-to-2, Massport's board of directors selected the current port director to serve as the authority's chief executive. She will be earning a salary of $360,000-a-year and is scheduled to start the new position in September 2019.
Boston Autoport, Charlestown - Automobile shipping, leased to private operator.
The Boston Fish Pier, South Boston - Seafood processing, acquired in 1972.
Mystic Piers 48,49 and 50, Charlestown - Used for bulk storage and shipping of salt since the 1980s
Medford Street Terminal, Charlestown - Dock, office, and warehouse areas, purchased in 1986 from Revere Sugar Refinery and Somerville Lumber.
East Boston Shipyard and Marina - Marginal Street, East Boston - Former Navy and Bethlehem Steel site, equipped for ship repair.
Massport Marine Terminal (MMT)/North Jetty, South Boston - Used for Big Dig staging, berths now available. Being developed for seafood processing.
Fargo Street Terminal, South Boston - Storage and support activities
International Cargo Terminal, 88 Black Falcon Avenue, South Boston - Warehouses and office space
A Logan Airport shuttle bus on the#22 route, which serves Terminals A and B, in the busway at Airport station
The Massport Shuttle connects all terminals at Boston Logan International Airport to Airport Station on the MBTA Blue Line, as well as the water transportation dock on Harborside Drive and the Rental Car Center.
11 serves terminals A, B, C and E (no subway station stop)
22 serves terminals A and B to subway station and rental car center. (during midday peak hours)
33 serves terminals C and E to subway station and rental car center. (during midday peak hours)
55 serves all terminals, subway station and rental car center. (during early morning and late evening off-peak hours)
66 serves all terminals, subway station and water transportation dock.
88 serves all terminals and the economy parking garage.
Massport provides financial assistance to the MBTA for operation of the Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit service to Logan terminals from downtown Boston, and contributes to the maintenance of Airport Station and ventilation of the Ted Williams Tunnel.
By state law, municipal police (such as the Boston Police Department) do not have jurisdiction on Massport property. Police protection is provided by the Massachusetts State Police and the Massport Police. Massport Fire Rescue provides fire protection on agency property.