Bradley Gets Cell Phone Lot

[As noted in the comments, this lot closed some time ago. The airport opened a new cell phone lot in September 2012. Details here.]

Galaxy Self-Park near Bradley International Airport has opened a free cell phone lot for drivers picking up passengers. If your passenger isn’t waiting when you arrive, you can park in the lot until you get a call.

I have to admit, I’m getting pretty tired of paying for parking at Bradley or circling the terminals for half an hour when I have to pick someone up, which is fairly often. It’s a choice between wasting money or wasting gas and, therefore, money.

Many airports provide cell phone lots where drivers can wait, but Bradley’s new lot is owned by a private parking company. ““If some travelers decide parking with us might be easier, that will be an unintended bonus,” said Paul Murdock, Executive Vice-President of Galaxy Self Park and Roncari Express Valet.

Well, perhaps the bonus is at least partly intended. But that’s OK with me.

The lot is at 9 Schoephoester Road in Windsor Locks, across from the Hertz lot and next to the airport’s economy parking lot no. 4, less than one mile and two minutes from Terminal A at Bradley. (It’s a little longer in the other direction because of the one-way roads through the airport.)

The lot is paved and fenced. It can hold at least 350 cars.

Galaxy requires that drivers stay with their cars and stay no longer than one hour.

Added 6/15: I dropped by the lot today while I was waiting for my husband at Bradley. I was the only one using it, so maybe word hasn’t gotten out yet.

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7 thoughts on “Bradley Gets Cell Phone Lot

  1. Kate

    Oh so THAT’S what “cell phone lot” means. I saw a sign for such a thing at the San Diego airport and couldn’t fathom what cell phones had to do with parking.
    This is actually a really good idea. It could reduce congestion at the terminals and make picking somebody up slightly less unpleasant.

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  2. Dee Apinis

    Super close, super convenient; no more circling. Unfortunately, word is not out that it exists. Saturday afternoon we were the only ones there and a drive through the pick-up area revealed lots of cars parked and bogging down the pick up area. Our passenger called on the cell phone, we picked her up in seconds, freeing space for the next pick up car. Thanks Galaxy.

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  3. Joe

    They have closed the cell phone lot, it no longer exists. No trespassing signs are at all entrances, just don’t assume Bradley has one anymore if you are picking someone up!!

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    1. Jeanne Leblanc Post author

      Thanks for the update, Joe. Sorry to hear it. I used it a few times but never saw another person there. I don’t know if it would have helped to have some signs directing people there, but I guess we’ll never know.

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  4. Lee

    Seriously, cell phone lots are the best. Most of the major airports have them now. they re a godsend.
    they should make the lot at the end of the runway on route 20 the cell phone lot. think of the gas people are wasting.
    Well, I am off to the airport- but will park at that lot I mentioned and wait for my phone call.

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  5. Nick

    I just wanted to let you know that Bradley does have a cell phone lot again. I think this one is an “official” lot run by the airport themselves. They even have real traffic signs and a couple lit ones pointing to it. It’s not too big, but there were only a handful of people using it when I went. Still, it’s good to have.

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  6. Maureen

    Hi, all. Used the cell phone lot today. It is indeed open. You go past the lot that say it’s closed and no trespassing. This is not the cell phone lot. The cell phone lot is just a little further past that one and it says “cell phone lot”.

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