August 30, 2007
David Vossbrink, (408) 501-7700
SJC Communications Director
San José Airport “Cell Phone
Waiting Area” to Open Next Week
feature moved to accommodate airport road construction
San José, CA – A replacement “cell
phone waiting area” for drivers picking up passengers at Mineta
San José International Airport will open by next Wednesday, September
5, on Airport Parkway, east of Highway 87 and west of Technology Drive.
The relocated waiting area will have space for approximately 50 cars to
park in specially marked 30-minute curbside parking zones on both the
north and south sides of the street, which leads directly into the airport
and is closer to the terminals than the previous location.
free cell phone waiting area provides drivers a safe and convenient place
to wait for arriving flights as an alternative to circling the terminals
or paying for parking. It also helps reduce traffic congestion in front
of the terminals and on roadways, while reducing both auto emissions from
traffic making repeated loops and illegal or hazardous parking on access
José was one of the first airports in the nation to offer a cell
phone waiting area when it opened the lot in July 2005 with space for
approximately 50 cars at the south end of the terminal loop road.
original lot will close also on Wednesday, September 5, to make way for
construction on the airport’s interim Skyport Connector that will
link the terminal loop from the Terminal C baggage claim area to Skyport
looked at many options, but they had significant tradeoffs involving factors
such as proximity to the airport, size, cost, stability, and access,”
said Steve Wilson, airport project designer for terminal roadways.
staff from the Airport and Department of Transportation together found
a creative and practical solution to make sure that a replacement is ready
before we must close the original lot. All of us know that the convenience
of the cell phone waiting area is very important to people using the airport.”
the next several days, crews will re-stripe the pavement along Airport
Parkway and install new signs to allow short-term parking and indicate
that it is the airport’s cell phone waiting area.
Tuesday evening, September 4, crews will close the old cell phone lot
on the airport terminal loop road, and signs will direct drivers to the
relocated cell phone waiting areas on Airport Parkway that will be ready
for public use by Wednesday morning.
of the Skyport Connector will block the exit to the existing cell phone
lot, thus requiring its closure. The interim road currently is scheduled
to be open to traffic by October to allow work to begin on the long-term
changes to roadways and parking areas that are part of the overall program
to replace and upgrade San José’s airport over the next three
1 of the $1.3 billion airport terminal area improvement program includes
renovation and expansion of Terminal A, completion of the new North Concourse,
the first half of the new Terminal B and removal of the old Terminal C,
improvements for parking and roadways, and a consolidated rental car facility.
The first phase is scheduled to be completed in 2010.
Mineta San José International Airport
Mineta San José International Airport, an entirely self-supporting
enterprise, is owned and operated by the City of San José. SJC
served 10.8 million passengers and handled approximately 209 million pounds
of air cargo in 2006. SJC has 190 flights a day on 13 domestic and international
carriers to 30 nonstop destinations.
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