Airport Access Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

by Richard de Neufville, Assoc. Prof. and Dir.; MIT Civ. Engrg. Systems Lab., Dept. of Civ. Engrg., MIT, Cambridge, MA,
Edward Mierzejewski, Traffic Engr.; Alan M. Voorhees & Assoc., Inc., McLean, VA,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 3, Pg. 663-678

Document Type: Journal Paper


A cost-effectiveness analysis of alternative airport access systems is described. The purpose of this study is to help define a national policy for airport development. Based on an extensive assessment of costs and travel times, optimal modes are defined for different values of travel time for different kinds of cities, ranges of airport traffic volumes and of airport distance from the center city. Highway modes appear most cost-effective, whether private autos for those who have them, or busways, taxis or limousines for the other half of the traffic. Highspeed railroad and VTOL systems are seen to be cost-ineffective except for very special cases.

Subject Headings: Travel time | Airports and airfields | Travel modes | Air traffic | Traffic volume | High-rise buildings | Highways and roads | Financial management

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