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AIRPORT WATCH: 4,500 Space Parking Garage Coming to San Antonio International

The hourly parking garage at San Antonio International Airport will be closing on Wednesday, July 15, as reconstruction begins.  The 30 year-old parking garage is being demolished in order to make room for the new multilevel Consolidated Rental Car Facility, or CONRAC. Travelers may take note of new parking options that provide free shuttle bus service to the terminal curbside. Shuttle bus service will be provided in a rotating schedule of five to eight minutes. Parking options in the green lot, at the southwestern corner of Dee Howard Way and Airport Boulevard, are as follows: $2 for up to 59 minutes, $4 for up to two hours, $6 for up to three hours, $8 for up to 24 hours.

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Parking options in the long-term garage, at the northeastern corner of Airport Boulevard and South Terminal Drive, are as follows: free for the first 15 minutes, $2 between 16 and 59 minutes, $4 for up to two hours, $6 for up to three hours, $8 for up to four hours, $11 for up to 24 hours. The red lot, north of Loop 410 and just east of Airport Boulevard, is an overflow lot that is available and open only during peak travel periods when other parking options are full.  Travelers will be directed to the red lot when this occurs. The rates there are: $2 for up to 59 minutes, $4 for up to two hours, $6 for up to three hours, $8 for up to 24 hours.

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The $163 million new facility is being funded through a customer facility charge, paid only by individuals renting a vehicle at the airport. The new structure will be more than 1.8 million square feet, replacing the current hourly/short-term parking garage and adjacent surface area. The first two levels of the CONRAC facility will consist of 1,400 dedicated short-term public parking spaces. The other levels will involve new operating space for the rental car agencies, including 3,100 parking spaces, and room for customer service, ready/return service, fast turnarounds for basic maintenance, fueling and vehicle washes, and vehicle storage. A sky bridge will connect the new structure with the terminal complex.

City officials have said the CONRAC is meant to give visitors to the airport and travelers quicker, more direct access between the parking areas and rental cars and the terminals.

TranSystems has been handling the project’s design functions. Turner Construction Co. will carry out construction of the facility and perform manager-at-risk duties.  City officials have said the CONRAC is expected to open March 2018 with the public parking levels opening up at an earlier date.

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