Editorial: Good things happening at Bradley International Airport


From MassLive.com

Plans to tear down Bradley International Airport’s Terminal B and replace it with a ground transportation terminal are exciting, especially if a link to commuter rail takes place.

Plans announced call for demolition of the aging structure and to replace it with a $250 million ground transportation center with car rentals, bus docks and a potential link to commuter rail.

There's nothing like the appeal and convenience of hopping on a train in order to catch a plane – or flying in to a city and hopping on a train in order to get from the airport to other points.

Bradley will develop a certain cache and sophistication that is associated with major metropolitan areas and with European cities. It’s a greener (and cheaper) option than taxis, a more sleak option than bus and for some, it will be a more convenient option than driving a rental car.

The more choices business commuters for transportation, the more “friendly” Bradley’s closest cities – Springfield and Hartford -- will appear in their minds.

Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, also announced that the number of passengers flying to Bradley is increasing and that the authority, now the owner of the airport, is working to deliver non-stop service to Europe.

In addition, there’s been some spinoff: Five companies accounting for more than 100 jobs have moved near the airport within the last 18 months.

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