BWI officials unveil holiday traffic plan

November 25, 1992|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

More parking spaces, more baggage handlers, more police officers, more people. That sums up Thanksgiving at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

An estimated 44,000 people will use BWI between today and Sunday -- clogging roads, terminals and luggage carousels. But airport officials, who call BWI the "easy come, easy go" airport, have a plan.

Simply put, the "holiday traffic plan" means more parking spaces -- an additional 235 to bring the total in the new garage and satellite parking area to 11,735.

The airport has 6,000 parking spaces in the garage and daily lot as well as 5,500 spaces in the outlying lots on state Route 170. Shuttle buses run continuously between the lots and the terminal.

BWI's Office of Transportation and Terminal Services will have additional traffic control officers on patrol, and the Maryland State Police will have extra officers on duty to ensure passenger safety and security.

Also on hand will be additional BWI Customer Service Representatives, who will be wearing red blazers, to assist travelers. A group called People Aiding Travelers and the Homeless (PATH) will be staffing informational booths at Piers C and D.

There are several options to get to the airport without driving. Limousine service is available from Prince George's and Montgomery counties as well as bus service from the airport to Baltimore and Washington. For more information, call 859-7545.

Amtrak and MARC commuter rail service is available at the BWI rail station, with more than 75 trains leaving daily to Baltimore and Washington. Free shuttle buses will take passengers to and from the train station. For schedule information, call Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL or MARC at 1-800-325-RAIL.

Security regulations prohibit cars to be left unattended on the upper and lower level roadways of the terminal. Visitors are encouraged to park in the garage when picking up passengers.

It costs $1 per half-hour in the garage (there is a $13 maximum for each 24 hours). The daily lot costs $1 for each first and second half-hour, then $1 for the next hour -- $8 maximum for 24 hours.

Valet parking is $15 the first day and $9 for each additional. Satellite parking is $5 per day.

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