New Kahului Airport Rent-A-Car center completed

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The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) has announced the completion of the environmentally friendly Consolidated Rent-A-Car (Conrac) facility at Kahului Airport (OGG), which opened to the public on May 15, 2019.

According to HDOT, the Conrac will house major rent-a-car companies, among them Avis, Enterprise, Hertz and Zipcar, in one convenient location on airport property. It is a three-level structure encompassing rental car offices, customer service counters, ready and return rental car spaces, and Quick-Turn-Around (QTA) areas with 72 fuel positions, 12 car wash bays and 11 maintenance and mechanic stations to service rental car fleets. There will be more than 3,700 parking stalls dedicated to the rental car companies plus nearly 700 for employee parking.

The Conrac has been certified to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver level for its work on maximizing the health and productivity of those who use the facility, and using fewer resources, reducing waste and reducing negative environmental impact.

“The people of Hawaii can be proud of this project, as it is good for Mother Earth, while also adding efficiency and beauty to Kahului Airport,” said Gov. David Ige. “We continue to modernize our airports around the state and people will continue to see smart and sustainable improvements being completed over the next two years.”

An electric tram
The facility features an electric tram built on a rail system to provide quick and efficient travel between the airport terminal and rental car counters, a distance of about half a mile. The tram was designed to reflect the island’s plantation roots, culture and history. It will help relieve congestion around the airport, eliminating the need for 25 fossil-fuelled shuttle buses.

Construction on the US$340m project broke ground on April 15, 2016. The build was funded solely by a Customer Facility Charge –a daily charge of US$4.50 applied to customers who rent a car. No taxpayer funds were used.

Photos courtesy of Hawaii Department of Transportation or HDOT.

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