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  • These parking fees take effect Sunday at Sacramento International Airport:
    • Maximum hourly parking fee (garage bottom floor) - $31
    • Maximum daily parking in garage fee - $17
    • Maximum hourly B surface lot fee - $29
    • Maximum Daily A surface lot fee - $15
    • Maximum economy lot fee - $9 (unchanged)

Parking rate hike begins Sunday at Sacramento airport

Published: Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 - 7:16 am

Sacramentans have a big new airport terminal. Starting Sunday, they'll pay a bigger parking bill to help finance it.

Daily maximum rates at most Sacramento International Airport lots will increase $2. Much of that revenue is expected to go toward debt payments for the facility's new $1 billion expansion – a four-story terminal, a separate jet concourse building and an automated people mover shuttle between the two.

That complex, called Central Terminal B, replaced the old Terminal B this month.

On Sunday, the maximum fee in the hourly parking section in the garage bottom floor will rise to $31 per day from the current $29, officials said.

For daily parking in the garage, the maximum daily fee will increase to $17.

The Hourly B surface lot will have a $29 maximum fee. The Daily A surface lot maximum will increase to $15. The airport's economy lot maximum rate will remain at $9 per day.

Fees hit their maximum price after a vehicle is parked three hours in a daily lot or five hours in an hourly lot. For shorter parking durations, motorists pay $2 per half-hour in both daily and hourly lots.

Roberta MacGlashan, chairwoman of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, said the board approved the price hikes three years ago anticipating the need for revenue to finance expansion.

"There are no tax dollars involved in the airport expansion," MacGlashan said. "The revenues all come from parking fees, concessions, the airlines and passenger facility charges."

The airport plans upcoming fee increases on airlines, and has been pushing Congress to increase the passenger ticket charge above the current $4.50.

Airport parking rates have long been a sore spot for some Sacramento users, especially because transit options are limited. A long-planned light- rail extension to the airport remains stalled for lack of financing.

Airport officials have said their rates are competitive with or better than Bay Area airports. A review of parking fees at competing Bay Area airports shows a wide range.

San Francisco International charges $15 daily maximum for its remote parking lot, $35 for some close-in lots, and $45 for valet parking.

Oakland International parking maximum fees range from $16 to $36. Mineta San Jose International maximum rates range from $15 to $30.

Sacramento airport offers a free wait lot, also known as a cellphone lot, for people who are picking up arriving travelers. The lot is near the airport entrance from Interstate 5. Drivers must remain at their cars while they wait.

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