Press Release

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
1 Aviation Circle - Washington, DC 20001-6000 - (703) 417-8370 - Fax: (703) 417-8371

Monday, April 14, 2003

New Parking Garage Opens at Dulles

New Parking Garage Opens at Dulles
Pedestrian Moving Walkway A New Convenience

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority opens a second new parking garage at Washington Dulles International Airport on April 15th, 2003.

This is the second garage opened at the Airport and is located directly across the main entrance to the Terminal. There are approximately 3,600 parking spaces in Daily Garage 2, and 4,600 spaces will be added with the opening of Daily Garage 1.

Traffic will reach the first level of Garage 1 from the main roadway entrance to the Airport. An additional entrance to the second level of the Garage can be reached from Aviation Drive which carries traffic past the Dulles Marriott Hotel. The Exit Plaza for Garage 1 is located on the second level.

The center tower elevator brings passengers to an enclosed moving pedestrian walkway which was constructed under the roadway entrance. A dedicated bus lane runs along the front of the garage, and bus stops are located adjacent to the ground level of each of the elevator towers. Smart Carte Rental racks are available in the garages.

The garage is equipped with an automated space counting system, which indicates how many open spaces are available on each level of the garage. The signs, which provide this information, are located at the top of the ramps at each level of the garage

The two garages were built at a cost of $95 million by Turner Construction which began the project in 2000. The pedestrian moving walkway was constructed at a cost of $29 million by Lane Construction Corporation with a segment of the shell completed by Turner. The tunnel has a "Y" configuration with a total length of approximately 1,200 feet and includes two moving walkways. The walking distance from the tunnel entrance at Daily Garage 1 to the Terminal is approximately 1,050 feet. There are five locations where the tunnel can be entered and exited:

--In Daily Garage 1, at the sub-level lobby of the central elevator tower
--At two entrances in the Hourly Parking Lot in front of the Terminal
--In the west and east end of the Terminal on the lower level.

The opening of Daily Garage 1 will bring the total number of parking spaces available at Washington Dulles to nearly 25,000. The various types of parking include:

Daily = 8,200
Hourly= 1,986
Economy= 12,955
Valet= 1,457

Total: 24,498

 

The new daily garage will also allow passengers to take advantage of the Pay & Go express system. Drivers will be able to take their parking tickets with them and use the Pay & Go machines in the Terminal as they exit the building for a faster way to pay and exit the garage.

Pay & Go Machines are located in the lower level baggage claim area of the Terminal near the east and west exit doors. For information about parking availability, customers may visit the Airports Authority website or call (703) 572-4500 for a tape recording with general parking information. To speak with a parking representative, customers may call (703) 572-4580. The following forms of payment are accepted at all parking facilities at the Airport: cash, check, American Express, Diners, Discover Card, MasterCard, and Visa.