Ground broken on Bradley International Airport’s new transportation centre

WCN Editorial Team 19 Jul 2019 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Bradley International Airport, a civil/military airport in Connecticut, has broken ground on its new $210m (£167m) Ground Transportation Center.

Sprawling over an area of 13.4 acres, the 1.4 million ft² facility will be located west of the existing short-term and long-term parking garage. It will be connected directly to Terminal A.

The construction phase is expected to be completed in the next three years and will be financed by customer facility charge revenues, the airport noted.

Located within walking distance from the terminal, the new facility will replace the current off-airport rental car facilities and will eliminate the need for passengers to use shuttles to access their rental cars.

Upon completion, the new centre will be home to all the car rental services for easy access.

The new transportation centre will feature 830 public parking lots. More than half of the spaces will offer covered parking and the remaining will be surface parking spots next to the facility.

It will also include a dedicated area to be used to receive high- frequency buses connecting the airport to the CTrail line, along with regional bus services.

Because of the centre’s construction, several enabling projects were started last year to prepare the site for construction. The projects mainly focused on realigning roadways and adding a new intersection. Additional enabling projects are expected to start in late summer and will be publicized in the coming weeks.

Connecticut Airport Authority board of directors chairman Tony Sheridan said: “We’re pleased to officially begin this new, historic chapter for Bradley International Airport. The Ground Transportation Center will dramatically transform the aesthetics of the airport and will be a major customer experience enhancement.

“This project is certainly a major undertaking, and on behalf of the CAA Board of Directors, thanks to everyone who has helped make it a reality – especially all of our partners, who have played an integral role in the process over the last year.”

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said: “Undoubtedly, Bradley International Airport is rapidly rising in popularity and ridership, with more airlines and routes being added regularly.”

He continued saying: “Now with this addition of this Ground Transportation Center, travel will become even more convenient. Improving Connecticut’s transportation system is key to improving business development and growing jobs in nearly every sector of our economy. I am determined to utilize our state’s largest airport as an economic driver.”

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Image: Food court and shopping hall connecting the East and West concourses of Terminal A at Bradley International Airport. Photo: Courtesy of Peteg913/Wikipedia.org.

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