Evaluating Airport Parking Strategies and Supporting Technologies

Parking facilities and associated technologies are vital to the efficient and safe operation of airports. One study of U.S. airport operators (1994) indicated that airport passengers experience significant delays accessing parking at airports. Parking search traffic and recent security restrictions slow passenger airport access and reduce air quality. Smart parking technologies can be used to maximize existing airport parking resources by reducing search traffic, access congestion, and air pollution and increasing parking revenues and enforcement of parking restrictions. Parking guidance systems have recently been installed in a number of U.S. airports. These systems use changeable message signs and counting systems to guide drivers to available parking facilities and/or spaces and in some cases these systems allow for kiosk payment. Research is needed to assist airport operators in determining the most appropriate parking concepts and technologies for their airport and to assist in their procurement/implementation. The objective of this research is to provide a guide for airport operators that can be used to evaluate and implement various parking concepts and technologies. The guide will provide descriptions of airport parking concepts and technologies; offer methods to evaluate each, including their costs and benefits; and provide guidance on how to procure/implement, as appropriate. The guide should address various current and emerging technologies, as well as parking concepts such as guaranteed spaces.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 10-03

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

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

    Greenberger, Marci

  • Performing Organizations:

    Jacobs Consultancy

    Ottawa, Ontario  Canada 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Mandle, Peter

  • Start Date: 20070914
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090701
  • Source Data: RiP Project 12153

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462887
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Airport Cooperative Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 10-03
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:12PM