The US government has approved US$194m (£116m) in state funding to support the new Tampa Gateway Centre project, which will expand capacity at Tampa International Airport in Hillsborough County, Florida.
The Tampa Gateway Centre includes the construction of a 214,000m² rental car centre with a transit stop and a 1.3mile-long Automated People Mover (APM) that will connect the airport’s existing economy parking garage and new rental car centre to the terminal.
Governor of Florida, Rick Scott, who made the announcement last week (6 March), said, “This critical investment of US$194m in Tampa International Airport not only helps make it one of the world’s premier airports, but it also increases the passenger capacity and creates jobs for Florida’s families.
“We are investing a record US$8.8bn (£5.3bn) in transportation improvements, which will enable Florida’s world-class transportation system to be a global hub for trade and commerce. Florida’s airports continue to expand because we are creating an environment where business can grow and create jobs and opportunities for future generations.”
In addition to the state funding, Tampa Airport will invest US$749m (£450m) in the Tampa Gateway Centre to build the consolidated rental car facility and APM as well as taxiway reconstruction, terminal expansion and parking/concession redevelopment.
The Gateway Centre and APM projects will help relieve congestion, improve connectivity and create additional parking at the airport.
The current main terminal transfer level, curbsides and rental car
facilities will reach capacity by 2017. Completion of the airport projects will extend the usable life of the main terminal complex by about 30 years.
Construction is expected to begin this year and be completed by 2017.
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