Say goodbye to the Humphrey and Lindbergh terminals.
The Star Tribune reports that the Metropolitan Airports Commission board members decided today to spend $2.2 million on new signage for "Terminal 1" and "Terminal 2." I ranted about this in a blog post a few weeks ago.
I really don't think the names of the terminals are the problem--I think the problem is that a lot of people don't know:
- that MSP even has two terminals
- how far apart the two terminals are (even the quick LRT ride between the two can affect whether you miss a flight)
- which airlines fly out of which terminal
With respect to that last point, I am glad to hear that the airlines that serve each terminal are going to be included on the new signage. Although, are you really going to read highway signage that closely while you're driving? I don't know.
With respect to the $2.2 million, folks should know the money isn't coming out of taxpayers' pockets. It's mostly from airport revenue. Still, it's a lot of money.
For further reading, MAC has posted a document of "Myths vs. Facts" regarding the terminal name change.
CLARIFICATION: I should point out from the "Myths vs. Facts" document that "The proposal is not to eliminate the Lindbergh and Humphrey names from the terminal titles, only from highway signs and other wayfinding aids..."