Airport Curbside and Terminal-Area Roadway Operations

Efficient landside operations are critical to an airport's success. Key elements of an airport's landside operations are the curbside where travelers and their baggage enter and exit the terminal and the terminal-area roadways that allow private and commercial vehicles access to the curbside. Travelers expect safer and more efficient landside operations even as volumes increase, but the design and capacity of the curbside zone are usually constrained by the terminal building, as well as the proximity of on-airport landside infrastructure. Well-defined and consistent performance measures would allow airport operators to better evaluate their current landside operations and possible improvements. Unfortunately, the well-established methods of calculating level of service in the Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) do not properly reflect conditions at airports. In addition to not covering the unique curbside situation, the traffic composition at an airport--ranging from highly skilled bus, van, and taxi drivers who are familiar with the network to highly stressed private auto drivers that are not familiar with the network's design--are very different from those used to develop the HCM procedures. Traveler expectations regarding operational conditions are also likely to be quite different from those on an arterial street. The objective of this project is to develop a guide to analyze the operation of the airport curbside and the terminal-area roadways, including the effects of direct access points (e.g., on-airport commercial parking, rental car operations, and hotels).


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

    Project 7-02

  • 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:

    Derr, B

  • Performing Organizations:

    Jacobs Consultancy

    Ottawa, Ontario  Canada 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Mandle, Peter

  • Start Date: 20070110
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20100509
  • Source Data: RiP Project 11887

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462915
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Airport Cooperative Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 7-02
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:12PM