Elected officials, community and labour leaders, Port Authority directors, and developer and rent-a-car executives gathered on September 24 to break ground on construction of the new Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility at Newark Liberty International Airport (IATA: EWR). The 2.7m sq-ft development brings all ten rental brands at Newark under one roof, conveniently located adjacent to the Terminal One Redevelopment Project.
The ConRAC will be constructed on a 19.31-acre site, with 2,925 public parking spaces and 3,380 rental car spaces to support the ten rent-a-car brands.
The airport says it incorporates retail operations with customer wayfinding and traffic circulation, provides vehicle fleet storage and enhanced security, and features shared components including 15 car washes and 54 fuelling positions along with vacuum systems, waste management, and service bays. The project employs several sustainability initiatives including a solar roof, electric vehicle charging stations, LED efficient lighting, and water reclamation and air quality systems.
The public parking area is scheduled for completion in 2021, with the ConRAC opening to the public in 2023.
“This facility will provide efficiency and convenience for all Newark Airport travellers, not just rental car customers,” said Port Authority chairman, Kevin O’Toole.
“With the new Terminal One project, Newark will be host to an even greater volume of travelers with much improved amenities and operations, and the ConRAC will be there to support them.”