[PDF] ACRP REPORT 4. Ground Access to Major Airports by Public Transportation AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM

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SUMMARY

Ground Access to Major Airports by Public Transportation The objective of this ACRP project was to build upon previous research undertaken within the Transit Cooperative Research Program to provide an updated summary of the role of public transportation services in providing improved ground access services to America’s airports. The ACRP project was designed to build upon and update the results of TCRP Report 62: Improving Public Transportation Access to Large Airports (2000) and TCRP Report 83: Strategies for Improving Public Transportation Access to Large Airports (2002).

Six Steps in a Market-Based Strategy for Improving Airport Ground Access Chapter 1 presents a shortened summary of the key elements in the creation of a marketbased strategy for improving the quality of public mode services at U.S. airports. The airport manager faces a wide variety of challenges in the creation of a successful ground transportation strategy, which almost certainly will comprise several separate services to respond to the needs of several separate market segments. This introductory chapter reviews the key steps for improving public transportation access to airports and presents some information that is further developed in later chapters. The chapter is intended to point the reader to best U.S. practices that can be explored for additional information contained in later chapters. There are six steps in the process outlined in Chapter 1: 1. Establish the public policy goals for airport ground access (a theme that is further developed in Chapter 2). • Form the collaborative effort that will be needed for implementation. • Understand the travel behavior of the longer distance traveler. 2. Undertake the program for data gathering and system monitoring (a theme that is further developed in Chapter 6). • Design the survey to reveal key market characteristics. • Emphasize accurate geography and market segmentation for both air passengers and airport employees. 3. Understand the markets revealed and their relationship to candidate solutions (a theme that is further developed in Chapter 6). • Understand the composition of the overall airport market. • Establish the target markets at several levels of trip-end density. • Understand the precedents for market support of various modes and services. 4. Design a program of services and strategies for airport ground access (a theme that is further developed in Chapters 3 and 4). • Understand the quality attributes achieved by successful services. 1

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