Bradley International Airport in Connecticut has broken ground on a new Ground Transportation Center.
The US$210m project will house car rental services, increase public parking availability, and incorporate public transit connections.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said, “More and more people throughout New England are recognizing the multiple benefits this airport provides – a convenient, centralized location, and growing amenities that make travel easier.
“Now with the 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.”
The new 1,400,00ft2 (13,000m2) facility will span 13.4 acres (5.4ha) and will be located west of the existing short-term and long-term parking garage, with a direct connection to Terminal A. Its major features will include: convenient rental car services opposite Terminal A; 830 new public parking spots, more than half of them covered; and improved access to public transportation. The facility will include a dedicated area that will be used to receive high-frequency buses connecting the airport to the CTrail line, as well as regional bus services.
The construction phase will be completed over the next three years and is being entirely financed by customer facility charge revenues. Several enabling projects were initiated in 2018 to prepare the site for construction, including the realignment of roadways and the addition of a new intersection. Additional enabling projects will commence in late summer 2019.
Bradley International Airport welcomes nearly seven million travelers each year, making it the second-largest airport in New England.