Off-site parking follows new terminal

Indy Park Fly & Ride opening facility on Ronald Reagan Parkway
Indy Park Fly & Ride is opening a $9 million parking facility next week along Ronald Reagan Parkway, just in time for the first travelers at the new passenger terminal at Indianapolis International Airport.

The 2,300-vehicle facility, operated by American Parking Management, will be just off the southwest end of one of the airport's main runways and within a 5-minute shuttle bus ride to the $1.1 billion terminal off I-70.

The parking operation is moving from a long-time location on High School Road, north of the entrance to the old passenger terminal.

The relocation also means the company is moving from land rented from the Indianapolis Airport Authority to a site in Hendricks County that American Parking will own.

Indy Park Fly & Ride becomes one of the first businesses to move from the east to the west side of the airport to follow the route that travelers will use to the new terminal.

Inbound flights to Indianapolis will park at the new terminal Tuesday night, so the airplanes will be in position to leave from there on outbound flights Wednesday.

An official opening ceremony for Indy Park Fly & Ride is scheduled Monday, when state officials, including Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, and local leaders, including Plainfield Town Council President Robin Brandgard, will snip a ceremonial ribbon.

A new parking garage on the airport grounds is adjacent to the new terminal.

However, off-site operations including Indy Park Fly & Ride offer nearby parking, sometimes at lower rates, and also provide other services such as oil changes and light maintenance. The car can be washed and ready when the owner returns.

Shuttle buses will run back and forth between the terminal and parking facility so travelers can park their cars and leave them in secure storage, according to owners Mark and Phil Wertheim of American Parking Management.

Plainfield's Town Council initially was reluctant to approve car leasing businesses and other companies that would create a sea of parked vehicles along the new Reagan Parkway. Town planners envision offices, hotels and retail development along the four-lane boulevard between the town and airport.

The Wertheim brothers agreed to locate the Indy Park Ride & Fly lot far enough from view so that it is not visible to motorists along the parkway.

Land for future commercial development remains along the edge of the parkway.
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