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Fewer People Parking at Denver Airport, While Ride Hailing and Rail Numbers Are on the Rise

More people are using the A-Line, Uber, and Lyft to travel to and from Denver International Airport (DIA). With parking numbers down, DIA has scrapped plans for two new parking garages.
July 25, 2019, 7am PDT | Camille Fink
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Rail and ride hailing trips to and from the Denver International Airport have increased, and fewer people are parking at the airport, reports Jon Murray. The shift has happened even as the Denver International Airport (DIA) experienced a 20 percent increase in passenger travel between 2014 and 2108.

The result has led to the nixing of plans to build two new parking garages, writes Murray. "DIA doesn’t need them, because its existing garages, close-in economy lots and the shuttle lots are seeing less use in recent years, despite the explosive passenger growth."

While parking has decreased by 2 percent since 2016, 4.7 million people still parked at DIA in 2018, notes Murray. Transportation advocates would like to see more changes to help people get to and from the airport other ways, including expanded regional bus service, discounted rates for pooled ride-hailing trips, and lower fares on the A-Line.

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