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MassDOT Formal_LogoMembers of the Massachusetts Legislature from Boston, City of Boston government and elected officials, along with MassDOT and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development today announced the formation of a Task Force that will seek public input and hear from industry experts, transportation representatives, and key stakeholders concerning plans for a potential public heliport in Boston.

The Task Force will focus on evaluating and discussing the logistics of a landing area, the infrastructure which would be necessary, and heliport operational issues. In order to receive public input, the Task Force will be hosting public meetings as follows:

Monday, January 30, 7:00 p.m., Amphitheatre on the mezzanine level, Seaport World Trade Center, Boston

Monday, February 6, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Room 428, State House

Members of the Task Force include State Senator Linda Dorcena-Forry, State Representative Nick Collins, District City Councilor Bill Linehan, and at-large Councilor Michael Flaherty appointed by Council President Michelle Wu, MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, Massachusetts Secretary of Economic Development Jay Ash, Massport Executive Director Tom Glynn, Boston Director of Economic Development John Barros, and Boston Planning and Development Agency representative Sonal Gandhi.

Although there are private heliports located in Boston, there is currently not a publicly owned/public access heliport within the city center. MassDOT’s research and outreach suggest an interest in a public helicopter landing area from medical entities, emergency services, law enforcement and private companies.

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