How An Airport “Cell Phone Lane” is a Green Choice

cellcar.jpgSometimes it’s the little things that count. At Detroit Airport, and apparantly in San Jose as well, there is now a special lane for cars waiting to pick people up known as the “Cell Phone Lane”. The idea is that instead of circling endlessly in bumper to bumper traffic, you pull in to this special lane a fair distance from the terminal, and wait for a call. That’s smart and saves a fair amount of emissions and headaches alike. Ideally, they should put up a sign saying “if you’re here for more than 30 seconds you should turn of your motor alltogether”. No word on that. Via Gizmodo.

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5 responses

  1. I saw the “call lane” at the the airport in Oklahoma City and couldn’t figure out what it was. But when you go to the website, this is what you get, “Vehicles are no longer allowed to park and wait for arriving passengers. If your party is not at the curb, you will need to loop around and come back.” Having it and letting people know about it are different things, I guess. They also have free parking for the first hour, so I wonder how widely used it is.

  2. This is a very good idea, and I know people in Detroit who have been known to circle for 45 minutes or more.
    I’m not holding my breath, but one way to improve on this would be to construct some kind of superinsulated shelter; otherwise you’ve got 4 months of the year (at least) when Detroiters aren’t likely to sit for 45 minutes without heat or a/c.

  3. An obvious need that has mostly not been met. And since it’s not a revenue enhancer, it’s not likely to be a high priority for many.

  4. We have a cellphone lane at the airport in Milwaukee, in fact I just got done using it this morning. I was very convenient and practical. The only real problem was that some people didn’t seem to get the point and were intent on parking other cars in. One woman had to back out some 300 feet because the moron in front had…well anyway, it was frustrating.
    I’m sure as they become more common people will learn how to use them

  5. I am an Industrial Design student and I am currently designing a park and wait lot for Philadelphia’s Airport, Does anyone that has used such lots at other airports have suggestions they could make from their experiences to make the lot they used better?
    Rocco Avallone avallone2@philau.edu

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