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Parking Near Terminals May Resume At RDU

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Raleigh-Durham International Airport

may soon be allowed to parknear the terminals again, though under closer scrutiny by airport security.

Airport officials are developing a security plan that would allow them toreopen more than 1,700 prime parking spaces near the terminals. The planmust satisfy the Federal Aviation Administration, which ordered airportsnationwide to ban parking within 300 feet of terminals in the wake of theSept. 11 terrorist hijackings.

Thesecurity plan would include some way of inspecting cars that park in surfacelots in front of Terminal A and part of the Terminal C garage. Those spaceshave been closed since the hijackings.

Parking was scarce at RDU before the hijackings, but has not been a problemsince, with the closing of Midway Airlines and the overall drop in airtravel. Last week, the airport was able to close two of its fourpark and ride lots to save money.

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