The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority Board this morning agreed to spend $928 million on projects to implement the first phase of the airport’s master plan.
“This is a significant step toward making our 20-year vision for Tampa International Airport a reality, as well as putting thousands of people to work and contributing to the Tampa Bay region’s economy,” Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano said in summarizing the 2014 capital budget amendment. “These initial projects will help us decongest roadways and curbsides, allow rental car companies to grow, and begin to set the stage for the doubling of passenger capacity projected over the next couple of decades.”
The first phase of projects includes a $417.5 million automated people mover leading from the main terminal, a $318.7 million consolidated rental car center, a $122.5 million main terminal expansion, and other roadway and facility improvements at Tampa International Airport.
Plans for the main terminal expansion include creating outdoor-indoor decks on the outer east and west sides of the terminal, building the consolidated rental car center entrance where the current smoking/observation deck is located, and creating more open space near the shuttle lobbies and shopping areas.
The master plan, which was approved by the Board last April after more than a year of analysis and public meetings, will be funded through bonds, grant funding and public/private partnerships.
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