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Safety concerns as parking at RDU now costs up to $25 per day

MORRISVILLE, NC (WNCN) – Vacation or travel plans could become more expensive if travelers to Raleigh-Durham International Airport do not pre-book parking online.

Drive-up rates have increased for each of the three parking lots.

The Economy 4 lot is still closed to visitors, but airport officials are monitoring capacity levels to determine if the lot should reopen.

Parking in the central garage is now $17 per day.

It’s $25 a day at Premiere.

Economy 3 lot is $11 per day.

“We want to know what $17 was paid for,” said Nate Williams.

Williams and his wife Priscilla assumed their car would be guarded as they spent $135 to park their car in Central Garage before driving to Hawaii.

They were surprised to learn that this might not have been the case.

“Are there no security cameras? Aren’t there any security guards?” Williams asked.

“Is there at least someone walking around making sure that nobody’s car is broken into, vandalized or damaged?” his wife asked.

In September 2021, an attempted carjacking occurred at RDU.

Airport police struggled with the investigation because there was no video of the incident or the suspect.

CBS 17 asked airport officials if anything had changed since then.

Airport officials sent this statement: “There are many layers of security in the parking deck, some visible and some invisible, but in the interests of protecting airport security, we do not comment on the specific measures we have taken.”

CBS 17 crews did not see any cameras in the central garage Monday.

“That’s a problem,” said Allyson Little, who was traveling to Tampa. “I didn’t look at it [parking] Sign. Does it mean they are not responsible if someone breaks into my car?”

The ticket directs travelers to the Airport Parking Terms and Conditions website.

The website advises that the airport is not liable for property damage or loss.

“That’s ridiculous,” Little said.

With the price hike added to the high cost of airfare and travel, some people told CBS 17 it may no longer be worth parking on-site.

“I don’t like the prices,” says Irene Haslup, who picks up her husband at the airport. “I’m going to Europe [soon] and I’ll leave the car at home and Uber-ing.”

People can still pre-book parking on the airport website. By booking in advance, passengers can save an average of $2 per day.

RDU officials told CBS 17 that the money from the increased prices will help fund the $4 billion Vision 2040 master plan, helping with construction costs, road improvement projects and eventually a new main runway.

https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/wake-county-news/safety-concerns-raised-as-parking-at-rdu-now-up-to-25-a-day/ Safety concerns as parking at RDU now costs up to $25 per day

DUSTIN JONES

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