Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has announced the opening of a new ground transportation center serving O´Hare International Airport, the company said.
The new Multi Modal Facility (MMF) directs rental car operations, public parking and other modes of ground transit into one centralized location to improve connectivity for travelers at O´Hare.
This project created 3,000 construction jobs, representing a diverse workforce from the city and region. Now open, the Multi Modal supports 950 permanent jobs, including 150 newly hired rental car employees at the airport.
The new 2.5 million square-foot facility provides a central access point for all rental cars, public parking, busing, Metra, and other regional transit serving O´Hare. It significantly enhances passengers´ accessibility while reducing traffic in and around the terminals, making O´Hare a more convenient destination for travel.
The completed Multi Modal Facility, coupled with the extension and modernization of the train, is valued at USD 841 million. This project was partially financed with a USD 272 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan.
The facility supports the core goals of O´Hare 21: the mayor´s vision for a modern O´Hare. O´Hare 21 calls for a dramatically improved travel experience, better access and amenities for customers, capacity to accommodate today´s fast-growing aviation industry, and builds the foundation to fuel Chicago´s leading connectivity. The centerpiece of this program is the USD 8.5 billion terminal expansion plan for O´Hare.