Integrating Aviation and Passenger Rail Planning

The Federal government is actively pursuing the expenditure of billions of dollars on intercity passenger rail (ICPR) projects. However, it is not clear that there is a solid set of standardized, agreed-on methodologies for public leaders to use when complicated questions are asked about the impacts of intercity passenger rail on issues such as airport capacity. There is a lack of agreed-on tools to use in documenting the interrelationship between these public modal investments. Most important, there is a lack of an informed public debate about the potential of the complementary investments in aviation and rail systems in the United States. In many parts of the world, rail and air investments are seen as complementary elements of a larger multimodal and intermodal public policy. For example, scarce airport operational 'slots' in Frankfurt are available for profit-making international flights because those slots are not being used for short connections. In the United Kingdom, advanced planning is now under way that would link approval of a third runway at Heathrow to new intercity passenger rail service to the north. The two processes--approval of new runway capacity and planning for the connecting rail--are seen as part of one larger public policy debate. The Northeast Governors are keenly aware that intercity passenger rail, particularly the extensive Northeast Corridor Network and its high-speed passenger rail service is part of a larger transportation system that needs modal balance. Efficient use of this multi-state network dramatically affects the overall viability of the highway, aviation, freight, and commuter rail transportation networks that serve the region and the nation. Therefore the CONEG Policy Research Center and transportation policymakers from the northeast states are exploring policy and program options in which rail investments are seen as part of larger coordinated strategies to get the optimal output out of both air capacity improvements and rail capacity improvements--a goal which the northeast states and the CONEG Center have been advocating and working toward for over two decades. However, planning processes are often "siloed". This research would determine how to (1) integrate planning methods to better facilitate and support an enlightened public debate about what the two modes can and cannot accomplish together and (2) determine the data and analytic processes necessary to understand the benefit of undertaking integrated rail/air projects. The objective of this research is to create publically available tools and methods that would support a new level of multimodal transportation analysis to take place.</font></div>


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $400000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 3-23

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Schatz, Theresia

  • Start Date: 20100715
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 24426

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461803
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 3-23
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:52PM