- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Eppley Airfield officials have made changes to ease the parking crunch during construction of another parking garage.

The existing rental car parking garage will be demolished next spring, making way for a six-story parking garage with 3,000 parking stalls. Of those, 900 will be for rental cars. The existing rental car garage has 519 public spaces and 555 spots for rental cars.

All of the existing rental car booths in the terminal will be moved to the new building once the project is completed, according to the Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/2d282H3). Travelers will use a heated and covered walkway to walk from the new garage to the airport terminal.

The project is part of the airport’s 20-year master plan, which guides expansion and improvements as the passenger count rises. The $94.7 million project will be paid for with airport revenue.

But with growth come growing pains, and airport officials have already installed or planned several measures to ease travelers’ discomfort.

Electronic roadway signage from Abbott Drive will show which parking facilities are available or full.

“If you’re running a little late, you’ll know which garage to go to right away,” said Steve McCoy, Eppley’s manager of airline affairs.

The construction project doesn’t affect the airport’s main parking garage, but a new parking guidance system provides information on available spots to be found on each of the garage’s six floors.

A new smartphone app available free for Apple and Android devices will provide flight information and parking lot availability. It also has a “find your vehicle” feature that’s tied into sensor cameras in the parking guidance system. The app uses license plate numbers to show users where their vehicles are in the main garage.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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