Boston Manhunt Hits Travel; Logan Running with Wires

Transportation to and from the Boston area was nearly shut down Friday - with the exception of air travel - amid the marathon bombing manhunt.

Flights were coming in and out Logan International Airport. "Logan is open and operating under heightened security," Boston Airport tweeted early Friday .

Meanwhile, the FAA has closed low-level airspace over Northwest Boston to provide safety.

Amtrak has stopped trains about an hour south of the city in Providence, R.I. Amtrak has also suspended its entire Downeaster service which runs from Bunswick, Maine to Boston, according to spokesman Cliff Cole.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which operates commuter trains into Boston as well as the city's subway - called the T - and the city's buses suspended all operations .

While Logan airport remains open, getting there will be a challenge for many passengers as city transportation remains on lock down. On a typical day, the airport has about 1,000 flights, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.

JetBlue (JBLU), the largest airline in Boston with about 100 daily flights, is allowing anybody scheduled to fly to or from Boston to change their ticket for free. American, Southwest (LUV), Spirit (SAVE), United (UAL) and Virgin America also issued travel waivers on Friday.

On the hotel front, Hyatt (NYSE:H) is waiving cancellation fees for its hotels in Boston and Waltham.

Bus Travel Affected

The city lock down has also hit bus travel. Megabus has canceled at least 18 buses between Boston and New York, New Haven, Conn., Hartford, Conn., Burlington, Vt. and Philadelphia. More than 1,000 passengers were affected, according to spokesman Mike Alvich. They received emails offering a refund or the option to rebook for free.

Bolt Bus, Greyhound and Peter Pan Bus Lines have all also suspended service. Passengers booked on canceled Bolt trips have already received refunds to their credit cards, according to Timothy Stokes, spokesman for Greyhound and Bolt Bus.

-The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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