Crunch Time for Airport Engineering

by Donald Maddison, (M.ASCE), Sr. Mgr.; Peat Marwick & Mitchell, San Francisco, CA,
Peter Mandle, (M.ASCE), Sr. Consultant; Peat Marwick & Mitchell, San Francisco, CA,
Kneeland A. Godfrey, Jr., (M.ASCE), Sr. Ed.; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 4, Pg. 48-50

Document Type: Feature article


Airlines are attracting more passengers, but few new airports are being built. Existing airports are facing problems caused by this added load. One growing burden is aircraft noise at Los Angeles' suburban Burbank Airport, 400 noise-impacted neighbors sued and two years ago, won. The airport's operator has few options in trying to lessen the impact, but one of the best approaches appears to be that adopted at the Seattle-Tacoma Airport, which involves buying some homes, noise-insulating others, and paying some home owners the difference between the price they get when they sell and the estimated price if it had not been noise-impacted. A second airport problem is passenger capacity of the terminals. An ongoing Transportation Research Board study, whose goal is to write standards of passenger capacity, is described. Finally, some airports will need to provide greater capacity on roads and public transportation routes leading to the airport; efforts underway to provide remote park-and-ride terminals to serve New York's Kennedy and Newark Airports, and airports at Dallas-Ft. Worth and Phoenix are described.

Subject Headings: Airports and airfields | Airport terminals | Noise pollution | Passengers | Pricing | Transportation studies | Suburbs

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