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Logan Ends Parking Fee Increase

The agency that runs Logan International Airport has decided to rescind a new $1 parking fee hike at the request of Gov. Deval Patrick's administration.

State Transportation Secretary James Aloisi had faulted Massport for raising the fee without public input.

The agency said the decision was not done in a vacuum, but came after it had cut its budget by more than 3 percent and instituted a hiring freeze.

Massport said parking revenue was down more than $4 million for the first eight months of the fiscal year.

Without the annual $1.5 million the increase was projected to bring, Massport said it would be forced to make an additional $7.5 million in cuts to it five-year construction program.

The fee will end Friday.

This program aired on March 4, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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