Ground Transportation Options Growing
Construction on the new 7-level Ground Transportation Center (GTC) has been underway for five months and progressing well despite heavy spring rains as the project was getting underway. The project is ready to emerge out of the ground as approximately 90 percent of the underground work is complete. Below grade construction elements installed to date include rammed aggregate piers utilized to enhance the soilís ability to support the load of the structure, underground electrical duct work and underground piping including a 6-foot diameter storm drain pipe which when paired with an existing one should improve storm water drainage.
One unique aspect of the project is the utilization of concrete placement booms that will allow the concrete to be poured at any area within the footprint of the parking structure without having the heavy ready-mix trucks or concrete pump trucks entering the building. This should eliminate the possibility of damage to the subgrade or slabs that have been poured. The beginning of the new 10-lane exit/toll plaza can also be seen in the photo between the existing 3-level parking structure and the new structure site. In addition, a new temporary economy parking lot on the east side of the outbound roadway is nearing completion and will provide an additional 1,000 spaces until the new GTC is opened. The Center will provide 4,500 public parking spaces on levels 3-7 and ready parking for rental cars on levels 1 and 2. You can view the construction progress live at this link.
Completion is expected spring 2012. Added services such as valet parking, auto washing, detailing, light maintenance, and perhaps laundry service may be offered while parked in the new Center.
Advantage Rent A Car: Advantage opened a Memphis International Airport rental location August 1, adding to the number of car rental choices for air travelers. Their shuttle van to the rental office can be boarded from the lower (middle) drive outside baggage claim A, B, or C. Look for the orange overhead sign with the Advantage name.
Rural Tennessee Bus Service: Anchor Trailways & Tours is now operating ATRunner, a daily bus service between Memphis International Airport and Nashville International Airport with rural west Tennessee stops in between including Atoka, Ripley, Dyersburg, Union City, Martin, Dresden, Paris, Camden, Holladay and Dickson.
The service, which is funded by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportationís Multimodal Transportation Resource Division, re-connects these rural areas, which had lost their Greyhound service several years ago, to major cities. The luxury motorcoaches have wireless internet, satellite TV, 110-volt power outlets for operating or recharging portable electronic devices, restrooms, and reclining seats. For a current schedule: www.atrunner.com