Garage with Wings

September 17, 1991

It isn't often that the opening of a four-level parking garage merits front-page coverage and editorial comment. But that is the case with the new concrete structure that began accepting motorized patrons at Baltimore-Washington International Airport yesterday. It is likely to enhance BWI's image as the least congested and most accommodating airport in the Baltimore-Washington region.

The 2,800-car garage is directly in front of the passenger terminal doors. It is linked to the terminal by pedestrian bridges and tunnels. Travel time from car to ticket counter is just a handful of minutes. It will make it easy to enter and leave the airport complex. It also means a short walking distance for those using the garage, which will now house airport rental cars agencies.

State officials spent $30 million on the facility, which should easily pay for itself with millions in annual parking fees. It brings to nearly 11,500 the available car spaces at BWI, including the garage, a nearby daily lot, a valet lot and a huge satellite lot. Additionally, BWI is served by 40 commuter and Amtrak trains each day. Future plans include extension of the Baltimore light-rail southern leg to serve BWI.

With such a variety of options, travelers will find BWI far more convenient than either Dulles or National airports in congested Northern Virginia. Not only does the new garage mean ease of parking and short walks to the terminal, but a new road link, I-195, now makes it simple to reach BWI from either the Baltimore or Washington beltway.

Increasingly, state officials are focusing more of their attention on BWI as a generator of economic development for the state. The new garage enhances the area's attractiveness to businesses as well as tourists. It is a sound investment in Maryland's future.

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