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Boise Airport to expand planned rental car garage in two-step project worth nearly $100 million

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The Boise Airport will spend nearly $100 million to build a large new parking garage for rental cars, adjacent to the airport terminal.

Airport director Rebecca Hupp provided an update to Boise City Council on Tuesday on the consolidated rental car facility. As BoiseDev has reported, the airport’s master plan calls for the rental car facility to move from a flat surface lot next to the terminal to a new multi-level garage closer to I-84.

But Hupp told the council that growth in demand and requests from the rental car companies means the airport will add a second phase to the project for a larger facility.

The new parking garage will sit along the main entry road near I-84. Via City of Boise

“We heard from the rental car companies, ‘this is lovely, but it’s not going to be quite enough,'” Hupp said.

Starting in mid-2025, construction crews will build a six-story parking garage for the rental car companies. The project will cost $66 million and be paid for by bonds, which will then be reimbursed by the city’s fee on rental cars. The airport currently charges $6 per rental car per day that the companies pass on to customers.

Then, in 2027, the airport will build a second garage next door. It will include “quick turn areas,” where employees can wash and fuel cars and prepare them to be rented again. That phase will cost $28.8 million, and use the same funding mechanism. That part has to wait because the airport has a lease on the site for the quick-turn garage that runs through 2027.

The new rental car facility will be connected to the terminal by a landscaped pathway. Hupp said that’s a key feature.

“This is going to be a great customer service amenity,” she said. “As you know, at many airports, you have to take a shuttle to get a rental car. Not only is that not a good experience, it’s not very environmentally friendly.”

The facility will also have infrastructure for electric vehicles to charge if rental car companies begin to change their fleets from gas to electric.

Once the rental car area is removed from its current location next to the terminal, the master plan calls for expansion of the terminal with a new concourse.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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