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ecopark replaces Parking Cents at Bush Intercontinental and William P Hobby Airports

April 6, 2011

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Houston Aviation Director Mario C. Diaz and Houston Mayor Annise Parker at the April 1 news conference.
The low-cost parking operation at George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport is now known as the ecopark economy parking lot, rather than its previous name of Parking Cents.

The only airport-operated economy lot will continue to operate in the same location along John F. Kennedy Boulevard, but all vehicles, marketing materials and signage will now feature the name ecopark.

The re-branded operation is also introducing a new fleet of more than thirty shuttle buses, each of them running on clean natural gas as opposed to traditional diesel fuel.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced the new green initiative during a news conference at City Hall on April 1. “It makes perfect sense to do this at the airport,”
Mayor Parker said of the switch to clean natural gas. “These buses run 24/7 along a highly congested strip of road and we want to make sure that we put fewer and fewer particulates into the air.”

The shuttle fleet transports passengers between the ecopark lot and five terminal facilities at Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Using compressed natural gas is expected to reduce the shuttle services’ fuel cost by fifty percent, generating a savings of at least $200,000 annually.

“Houston Airports exist to enable people to connect,” said Houston aviation director Mario C. Diaz. “People need to connect with friends and family both here and in foreign lands, but they also need to connect with their sense of environmental responsibility and the feeling of responsibility they feel toward this planet that we call home.”

Shuttle buses are “wrapped” with the new logo and blue-green color scheme prior to being utilized in the “traffic loop” between the lot and terminals. (Watch a time-lapse video of the now at

The Houston Airport System partnered with Apache Corporation in meeting fueling needs of the new fleet.  Apache is building a compressed natural gas fueling station that will be donated to the City of Houston.

“There is no doubt that clean natural gas can improve the air quality,” said the CEO of Apache, G. Steven Farris. “It’s a cleaner burning fuel and it’s much more economical to use.” Shuttle buses for the airport’s economy lot operation typically travel more than one-million miles per year and annually transport approximately 676,000 people.
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