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State breaks ground on new rental car facility at Kahului Airport

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Major improvements are coming to Hawaiis second busiest airport, Kahului International Airport on Maui.

On Friday, the Hawaii Department of Transportation led a ground breaking ceremony a new Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility (Conrac) that will be close to the main terminal.

"It's really exciting because it really goes a long way in perpetuating all the priorities that Governor Ige has talked about and is pushing in terms of improving the economy, environment, energy and traffic, said DOT spokesperson Tim Sakahara.

The three-level structure will house more than a dozen rental car companies in one location with a total of 4,500 parking stalls. An electric tram will be powered by solar energy and will provide quicker access between the terminal and rental car counters.

That's significant because it's going to eliminate the need for about 25 shuttle buses that were fossil fuel-powered,” Sakahara said. “So it's going to be better for the environment in that sense, but it's also going to relieve traffic."

The Maui Conrac is part of the $2.7 billion statewide Modernization Program that's improving facilities across all Hawaii airports. Currently, the Honolulu International Airport is in the bidding process for construction of its own Conrac. Officials say Kahului creates more business in the rental car industry than HNL, and that the $340 million investment is worth it.

"The Kahului airport rents the most cars out any of the airport facilities in the state, said Sakahara. On any average given day they rent about 2,200 cars. Thats about double what Honolulu rents at an average day at about 1,100. They create the most cars, the most revenue and the most business in the rental car industry.

In addition, a new Kahului airport access road will be built and lined with palm trees and native landscaping. Cascading waterfalls and shimmering pools will greet people at the front of the building but will also serve as an irrigation reservoir with non-potable water for landscaped areas.

Officials say the project is funded solely by a Customer Facility Charge which consists of a daily $4.50 to those who rent a car. No taxpayer funds will be used.

The project will create more than 500 jobs and is set to be completed in approximately three and-a-half years.

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