CABBIE COMFORT ON THE AGENDA
Taxi drivers at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport might finally get the air-conditioned waiting area they’ve requested for years.
An agenda item the City Council will consider at its meeting today calls for paying Budget Rent a Car $312,500 for a service center Budget built on 4.5 acres of airport land. Budget would continue to lease 1.5 of the 4.5 acres for rental car parking, airport spokesman Jim Halbrook said.
Over the next 15 months, the city would convert a building on the Budget site into a climate-controlled waiting area for cab drivers, who have long complained about having to waste gasoline by waiting in their air-conditioned taxis on hot days. The city would also move its ground transportation staging area — where limos, cabs and other vehicles congregate before proceeding to the airport terminal — to the service center.
The existing vehicle staging area would be turned into a waiting area for residents picking up friends and family at the airport or for commercial retail development, according to a written summary of the item.