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Old 06-04-2012, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Just out of curiousity, does anyone know why, at the short-term parking lot paying area, does the Cashier lane take 10 times longer than the Credit Card lanes?! I was there last night and sat waiting behind a white Mercedes for over 5 minutes in the pouring rain while the cashier sat inside the booth and the car went nowhere. I don't even know if the driver was inside it! The guy behind me started honking his horn and then so did I, which naturally resulted in, well, absolutely nothing happening, so I ended up paying $2 at the credit card lane instead! This isn't the first time this has happened either.

Why does the parking company offer a Cashier lane if they don't actually bother to provide any service there?
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Denver
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I don't know the answer, I always use the Credit Card lane myself.

You could call them and ask:

Short Term Parking
8148 Peña Blvd., Denver, CO 80249
Phone: (303) 342-7275

Denver International Airport | Parking at DIA | Short Term East
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:20 AM
 
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Just a guess, But If the driver lost there ticket, they would go to the manned land,

The cashier would need to then call into the office for them to look up the plate in there database, of when the car arrived. When you go into the lot, they take a picture of your plate on the way in, and time/date stamp it. If you lose your ticket, they ask you when you arrived, and then they start looking.. to see what time you arrived.

(If the photo imaging software did not auto enter the plate in the database, they then go picture by picture to find it.)
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Just a guess, But If the driver lost there ticket, they would go to the manned land,

The cashier would need to then call into the office for them to look up the plate in there database, of when the car arrived. When you go into the lot, they take a picture of your plate on the way in, and time/date stamp it. If you lose your ticket, they ask you when you arrived, and then they start looking.. to see what time you arrived.

(If the photo imaging software did not auto enter the plate in the database, they then go picture by picture to find it.)
Fair enough, altho I think they should make the driver back his car out of the lane so other people who only have to pay $2 can use it.

I'm just venting really. I use DIA 1-2 times a year (!) so it's not that big a deal but I just hate wasted time and effort.

Incidentally, has anyone else had the pleasure of the new parking detour system since they closed the valet & (extra) short-term parking lanes?
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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So where do you park if you don't want to use the Pikes Peak lot? Last week when I flew back in to DIA, I had to stand outside for over 30 min. before a shuttle came by (at the new pick up location on the top deck due to construction). I'm flying back out tomorrow and am thinking about parking at the terminal, unless it's crazy expensive. Just for 2 days on business.
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Old 06-04-2012, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Denver
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So where do you park if you don't want to use the Pikes Peak lot? Last week when I flew back in to DIA, I had to stand outside for over 30 min. before a shuttle came by (at the new pick up location on the top deck due to construction). I'm flying back out tomorrow and am thinking about parking at the terminal, unless it's crazy expensive. Just for 2 days on business.
I park at the Economy lots, it's only $4 more than Pikes Peak a day and the wait times are much less.
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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For long-term I use USAirport or Canopy. Their buses run roughly every 8-10 minutes.
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I park at the Economy lots, it's only $4 more than Pikes Peak a day and the wait times are much less.
I just looked it up and I think I'll try that. My business travel is picking up and that shuttle is getting annoying! Thanks!
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Old 06-04-2012, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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I always park at the economy lot, the one like 10 feet from the terminal but not in the garage. Always get right in and find a spot (even during Christmas) and right out with no waits.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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Fair enough, altho I think they should make the driver back his car out of the lane so other people who only have to pay $2 can use it.
This doesn't have anything to do with DIA, but something similar happened to me recently. I was staying at a hotel in LA with someone, who had supposedly taken care of our parking. But obviously not. Anyways on the first day we were trying to exit the parking lot, with our room keys. But the gate wouldn't let us out. So I pushed the intercom button to talk to the desk. It rings and rings and rings, and nobody answers. By this time there is a line of cars behind us. So I start trying to back up so we can get out of line. But the driver behind us throws up his hands. Apparently the car behind him wouldn't back up. So we sit there trapped. I just wanted to get out of line so we can go back into the hotel and get the mess straighten out. Finally someone answered the intercom and so I pulled forward again and they opened the gate for us. When I was pulling out I looked in my rearview mirror and noticed that the entire line of cars had finally backed up and went to another exit.

So if you expect someone to back up in a situation like that, its always a good idea to keep at least a car length of space between you and the car in front. So they have space to do that. Otherwise beeping is just a wast of time, and is nothing but noise pollution. They probably want to get going as bad as you do.
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