Development of Airport Vehicle Service Road Systems

The FAA provides design standards on pavement markings for airport vehicle service roads (VSR), however there is no guidance for developing the layouts of these road systems. Due to the lack of available resources, airport VSR systems are generally left up to the airport's for design. Design standards, such as critical object offset, structure offset, and radii dimensions, may vary by terminal size or layout, the level of aircraft activity, and the intended operational use. However, other considerations such as the weight of the vehicles that will use the road, the speed at which the vehicles will operate, security checkpoints, perimeter security checks, future expandability, etc. should also be considered. A synthesis of practices that documents airports plan and design airport tug/service road layout systems is needed.   The objective of this synthesis is to describe plans and design for airport service vehicle road systems.   Information to be described in a concise report includes (but is not limited to): (1) Describe how the development of the VSR occurred and was funded, guidance used in the development, typical users, operational challenges, and future plans for improvement. (2) Document typical tug maneuvering operations, traffic flow operations around terminal facilities, and ground support equipment (GSE) storage in and around terminal and concourse areas. (3) Document how airports are preparing for future vehicle technologies; and (4) Provide unique case examples.


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  • Status: Programmed
  • Funding: $55000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic S07-05

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis

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

    Federal Aviation Administration

    Office of NextGen
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Christensen, Jordan

  • Start Date: 20221207
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01866853
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic S07-05
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2022 6:32PM