Airport raises rate $5 for overnight parking in...

BWI Digest

April 03, 2000

Airport raises rate $5 for overnight parking in short-term garage

To provide more parking spaces for those dropping off or meeting travelers at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, airport officials have raised the overnight parking rate to $25 in its short-term garage as of Saturday.

The $5 increase is intended to encourage long-term parking in satellite lots, freeing spaces in the garage for short-term use, the officials said.

The parking rates in other BWI lots will remain the same. Garage parking will continue to be free for the first half-hour. The rate of $2 per half-hour thereafter remains the same.

The parking rate in satellite lots is $1 an hour and $7 a day, and the seventh day is free.

Express Service Parking next to the terminal remains at $4 an hour, $18 a day.

Program helps BWI learn about neighbors' concerns

A year after BWI initiated a community outreach program, airport officials say they have a better grasp of issues that concern residents living near Maryland's major commercial airport.

In April 1999, the BWI Community Ambassadors Program was launched, sending 19 employees of the Maryland Aviation Administration to establish and maintain communication with neighbors. Staff of all levels -- from administrators and department heads to public information officers and planners -- voluntarily attend regular meetings of community associations within and near the BWI Noise Zone.

A year later, not all problems are solved, but issues are being addressed and information continues to be shared, they say.

In addition to addressing concerns about aircraft noise, they answer questions about BWI services, share information about construction projects and airport activities while receiving feedback. Some of the information from residents has been passed to other agencies within Maryland's transportation system to help make roadways safer and to use transportation more efficiently during holiday seasons.

The BWI Community Ambassadors Program has been involved in associations across the street and as far west as Columbia, east to Pasadena, south to Severna Park and north to Brooklyn Park

Photo exhibit offers aerial views of Israel

Passengers traveling through BWI this month can enjoy a bit of Israeli culture.

Israel's embassy in the United States is sponsoring "Horizons -- Israel at 51" in the terminal. This photographic exhibition of aerial views of Israel will be displayed in the upper level of the domestic terminal, between Piers C and D through April 30.

Exhibit information is at www.israelemb.org.

Group visits can be scheduled by calling Yaniv Wolf in the embassy's public affairs department at 202-364-5677.

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