Last week saw the opening of the new $316 million Consolidated Rental Car Center on the northeast side of the airport grounds, just off Pacific Highway — a location that will give renters easy access to Interstate 5. The facility will serve as the base of operations for the 14 rental operators serving the airport, including big national brands as well as independents and local firms. Its opening is expected to mean a big reduction in rental car traffic on North Harbor Drive, the access road from downtown San Diego to the airport terminals. Most of the major rental companies previously had their operations just off that road, immediately southeast of the terminals. It will also mean fewer shuttle buses moving around the airport, since the individual rental company shuttles will be replaced by a fleet of alternative-fuel buses that will carry all rental car customers between the terminals and the new rental center. To read more at Travel Skills, click here.