Incorporating Emerging Transportation and Ground Access Technologies at Airports

Emerging transportation and ground access technologies will increase the complexity of landside activity at airports. Technologies such as autonomous, automated, connected, and electric vehicles will affect all components of an airport’s landside facilities, including roadways, curbs, parking, and ground transportation centers. Airports must consider these trends and current modes in their facility planning and the potential impacts to operations and business models. Little is known about the degree to which these new technologies will advance and the pace at which adoption will occur. The facility impacts of these emerging technologies are yet to be defined. Research is needed to answer the following questions: Will the technologies require more or less curb space? Will dwell times be higher or lower? Should these technologies and modes be segregated from existing landside activity? Will airports see significant shifts in mode shares that result in overused and/or underused facilities? Are there adoption barriers to these emerging technologies and potential mitigation efforts that can be identified? What revenue impacts and opportunities might be anticipated? The objective of this research is to provide guidance to help airports of all types and sizes plan for the near and long-term integration of emerging, multimodal, ground access technologies to enhance landside operations and the customer experience of passenger terminal facilities.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $500000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 10-33

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Christensen, Jordan

  • Performing Organizations:


    One Penn Plaza
    250 W 34th Street
    New York, New York  United States  10119
  • Principal Investigators:

    LeBris, Gael

  • Start Date: 20220426
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230508
  • Actual Completion Date: 20230508

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01779163
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 10-33
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 17 2021 10:24PM