Legal Aspects of Transit and Intermodal Transportation Programs. Topic 22-03. Legal Aspects of Transit to Airports

Most large and midsize airports have one or more modes of public transportation for passengers and employees. Growth in air travel is forecast to continue, and public transportation services to and near airports will also likely increase. Research is needed to present the legal issues around improving public transportation services and facilities that serve airports. This research aims to produce a summary of the legal issues facing attorneys for transit agencies and airports when improving public transportation services and facilities that serve airports. One of the main issues to be examined is planning and constructing the infrastructure required to improve public transportation serving airports (e.g., stops, stations, and rights-of-way). The research should address: contracting processes (e.g., partnership agreements), environmental concerns (National Environmental Policy Act and similar state laws), Federal Aviation Administration regulations and requirements, funding (e.g., grant funding, including the role of regional agencies), jurisdictional issues (e.g., responsibility for unhoused individuals who take public transit to or from the airport), lead agency (transit agency or airport), multimodal issues, permits, public v. private carriers, regulatory issues, and State laws (e.g., revenue restrictions). For this legal research digest, “public transportation” includes express and multi-stop buses and rail services, public and private van services, and other shared-ride services available to the general public. The research team should survey general counsel at selected airports and transit agencies with buses, rail vehicles, or vans that serve airports and include a discussion of legal issues that have surfaced and how they were resolved.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $75000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-05, Topic 22-03

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

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

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Chisholm-Smith, Gwen

  • Start Date: 20240226
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01891772
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-05, Topic 22-03
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 28 2023 8:23PM