WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) – The Connecticut Airport Authority has broke ground on construction on a new, Ground Transportation Center at Bradley International Airport.
Once complete, the facility will provide extra public parking, and house rental car services.
Joseph Giulietti, Commissioner of Transportation in Connecticut, told 22News that passengers will not need to take rental car buses anymore – rather they would be able to walk right to the terminal.
“You get off the plane and you have multiple transportation opportunities in front of you,” explained Giulietti.
The Transportation Center will also allow passengers to take public transportation to and from the airport, starting with buses along the Hartford Line.
“We’ll be able to offer people, if you want to shoot up to Springfield and go to MGM, you can,” said Giulietti.
Officials said they want to add a rail connection at the airport in the future, as well.
The $210 million project is funded through a private public-partnership with the rental car companies that will use the transportation center.
“Every time you rent a car here at Bradley, you pay what is called a customer facility charge,” explained Kevin Dillon, the Executive Director of the Connecticut Airport Authority. “All of that money goes towards satisfying the debt for the borrowing that’s been done to construct this facility.”
The Transportation Center is part of a 20 year, $1.4 billion infrastructure improvement plan for the airport. Its anticipated opening is 2022.