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Stats for Free Silver Line; Developer for Southie Hotels

BOSTON—In June 2012, the MBTA stopped collecting fares for the Silver Line at Logan. The decision has reaped dividends: "The uptick in traffic to the airport probably indicates growing acceptance of the Silver Line. But some state transportation officials also think people who fly into Logan and take the Silver Line into Boston for free are finding they like the service enough to pay for it when they travel back to Logan to catch return flights." [CommonWealth]
SOUTH BOSTON—The state has picked a developer for those two mid-priced hotels across from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center: "Commonwealth Ventures is expected to begin construction of the $137 million hotels by the end of the year, pending completion of negotiations with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. One will be a 330-room Aloft Hotel, and the other will be a 180-room Element Hotel." [Globe]