Approaches for Improving Airport Access

by Raymond H. Ellis, (A.M.ASCE), Manager; Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., Washington, D.C.,
John C. Bennett, (A.M.ASCE), Manager; Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., Washington, D.C.,
Paul R. Rassam, Sr. Consultant; Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., Washington, D.C.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 3, Pg. 661-673

Document Type: Journal Paper


There are two airport access travel markets: (1) the Central Business District-to-airport market; and (2) the suburban-to-airport market. Approaches for improving airport access include: (1) improvements in existing limousine service; (2) demand-activated transportation service; (3) priority access routes for public transportation; (4) satellite terminals; and (5) extension of the regional rapid transit systems to airports. An economic analysis of the first four of these alternatives leads to the following conclusions: (1) it is possible to provide economically viable service both to low- and high-density areas; and (2) increased service to low-density areas may be provided by either extending reservation routes to transfer points where free parking and taxi services are available or by operation of group-riding service.

Subject Headings: Airports and airfields | Airport terminals | Rapid transit systems | Economic factors | Routing (transportation) | Business districts | Suburbs | Public participation

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