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Public input sought in future of RDU

Posted June 25, 2015
Updated June 29, 2015

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— Last year, 9.5 million passengers traveled through Raleigh-Durham International Airport, up about 4 percent from 2013.

Now, the airport is looking at what it needs to do in order to continue its growth in the future.

“I think I came here back in 1999, and it has really improved since then,” airport visitor and Fayetteville resident Rodney Crosby said.

Since Crosby’s last visit, the airport has built a new parking garage, an additional terminal and also renovated its original terminal.

“We have done a lot of work over the past 15 years to transform RDU into a world-class airport that represents our region,” RDU spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin said.

The airport turns its focus to planning the next 25 years with a pair of public meetings this week. The first will be held Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Durham City Hall. Raleigh City Hall will host a meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Airport leaders will first listen to public input before putting together a master plan for decades to come.

Hamlin said the idea is “to understand where we are going as far as passenger and cargo growth and put in the infrastructure to support that demand."

The plan will cover runways, cargo operations and transit options.

“This will give the public the opportunity to look at alternatives that are developed to provide their input on what they'd like to see the airport look like,” Hamlin said.

Crosby said he would like to see more shops in the terminals, but said overall he’s satisfied with the airport.

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  • Dean Logan Jun 29, 2015
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    You would probably be guessing correctly.

    When the light rail discussion started, it was after RDU had already made plans for the new parking decks. There is no way that they would want light rail until those decks are paid for or after wards, when they make good money from parking.

    Anyway, light rail will never work in the Triangle. But, they'll build it and it will suck up tax dollars like a Dyson.

  • Bob Herrmann Jun 29, 2015
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    It is a foregone conclusion that a rail system will be installed...whether or not this is needed or a good idea is another discussion. However, it makes no sense that the airport is not a planned stop on a route.
    I am guessing that RDU does not want to lose revenue from parking.

  • Al Smith Jun 29, 2015
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    Whatever they decide it will somehow make air travel even worse.

  • Doug Hanthorn Jun 25, 2015
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    Maybe they could spend a few dollars and replace that cheesy sign?