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Travelers who did not heed warning signs posted in the long-term parking lot outside of the Ramstein passenger terminal will be in for a surprise when they return home.

More than 20 vehicles were towed from the PAX terminal parking lot to make way for construction work, according to Harmon Chappell, program manager for the Rhein-Main Transition Program at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

But car owners don’t need to worry.

They can simply take a shuttle bus to the north side of base to a large parking lot near housing off of California Avenue where the cars were moved.

There are no tow or holding fees associated with the move, according to Capt. Darrell Hahn, the Rhein-Main Transition Program team chief with the 435th Civil Engineering Squadron at Ramstein.

The German contractors working on the site towed the vehicles at no fee to expedite the major construction project for the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center being built.

All travelers will have to park in the alternate parking area until January, when a new 600-car parking garage is finished.

The garage will service the terminal, as well as the US$150 million Community Center under construction.

The center will include a shopping mall where the base exchange, new restaurants, movie theaters and other services will be consolidated.

Travelers who make it back to Ramstein and find their vehicle missing should ask the information center in the terminal for details on the shuttle service and for a free map of the location.

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