New cell phone lot to be built at airport

    In response to public outcry, the Philadelphia International Airport will establish a cell phone parking near the baggage claim area.

    In response to public outcry, the Philadelphia International Airport will establish a cell phone parking near the baggage claim area. The already existing cell phone lot is owned by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and has been attacked for being hard to find.

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    The threat of a $147 dollar ticket seems to discouraged people from parking on the shoulder of the I-95 off-ramp near the airport. In the last 2 weeks airport officials on their way to work in the morning have noticed fewer illegally cars parked cars there.

    In a few months a new lot will be built on an unused stretch of Route 291 near the eastern runways. That is airport property, not PennDOT land, and the airport will shell out as much as a half million dollars to build it.

    Until then motorists are encouraged to use the PennDOT Park and Ride lot on Bartram Avenue. But Bob Watters of Avalon, New Jersey says he prefers to park in more scenic spots.

    Watters: I go park over by Fort Mifflin – which is a neat place to park. That’s it’s own experience that many in this area don’t know it’s there. It’s a Revolutinary Fort.

    Another nearby option is the Hines Wildlife Preserve, about 5 minutes from the baggage claim.

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