There was a good amount of media attention and discussion earlier this summer, when the city of Boise proposed bumping up its downtown parking meter rates, but there has been little attention paid to another proposed parking fee increase—this time at the Boise Airport.
The city's Department of Aviation is proposing to charge $1 per half hour to park at the airport, no matter what lot you're in: short term, long term, economy, garage or surface lots included. Airport officials say that while they have increased maximum rates on a number of occasions, it has been 10 years since the half-hour rate has been touched.
The impact to the city's coffers could be considerable: The proposal is expected to increase revenues by $210,000 per year.
Meanwhile, airport officials are looking for City Council approval for a new three-year contract to be granted to Utah-based ABM to manage the airport's parking system. The contract would include oversight of short- and long-term parking on surface lots and in the garage, in addition to employee parking and remote shuttle-lot parking.
The contract totals $169,909 over three years.
ABM. a Fortune 500 company previously known as Ampco Parking, currently manages parking systems at airports in San Francisco, New York and Denver.
ABM has been managing the Boise Airport parking systems to date, and the city's aviation department is expressing its interest in keeping ABM in place versus considering competitive bids from the Republic and Standard parking companies.