FAA approves environmental assessment The Federal...

BWI DIGEST

January 15, 2001

FAA approves environmental assessment

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the final environmental assessment for the state's $1.3 billion proposed development plan at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

As a result, the agency has issued several supporting documents, including an air quality compliance finding and a finding of "no significant impact."

All of the FAA's documents relating to the approval are available for public review in Anne Arundel County libraries in Annapolis, Brooklyn Park, Glen Burnie, Linthicum, Odenton, Pasadena, Severn, and Severna Park.

The documents will be placed in Howard County Library branches in east Columbia and Elkridge; and in Baltimore County's Arbutus library branch.

Expansion begins on rail station garage

Construction has begun for the expansion of the BWI Rail Station garage, a project that will give Amtrak and MARC patrons access to 3,275 parking spaces.

Two floors will be added to the parking facility, which holds 1,350 vehicles. A seven-story garage will also be constructed on an adjacent lot.

On Jan. 9, the number of available spaces in the garage decreased to 500. These spaces will be available on a first-come basis. To compensate for the loss of parking, the Maryland Aviation Administration has made 1,000 free spaces available at an overflow lot on Amtrak Way.

MARC commuters can use the limited parking at the garage or the overflow lot. The airport will operate a free MARC shuttle from the lot to the train station for those patrons using the lot.

Construction on the original garage is scheduled to be complete by July, at which time 1,900 spaces will become available. The second garage is expected to be completed by the end of December.

Passenger departures increase in November

More than 1.7 million people flew out of BWI in November - an 11.1 percent increase over last November.

Southwest Airlines was BWI's leading carrier, serving more than 625,000 people in November, a 26.5 percent increase from November 1999. Southwest also announced it soon will offer service to West Palm Beach, Fla., and Little Rock, Ark.

American Airlines turned in an even higher growth rate for November, with a rise of 29 percent by carrying more than 73,000 travelers. US Airways remained BWI's second-largest carrier with more than 426,000 passengers in November, an increase of 8.3 percent.

As BWI's top cargo carrier, Federal Express carried more than 17 million pounds of freight, a 16 percent increase.

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