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CHAPTER 10 Further Research As ACRP is well under way, many major research tasks have now been identified. This brief sec- tion deals with subjects that could receive additional research attention, to augment the research now under way. The recommendations for further research are categorized by the process described in Chapter 1. Step 1: Establish the Public Policy Goals for Airport Ground Access Concerning the many factors relevant to Step 1, the researchers believe that ACRP, NCHRP, and TCRP could work together to help understand the nature of the collaborative, multijuris- dictional decision-making process that characterizes the early phases of airport access planning. Questions arise such as: · Who are the champions? · What are examples of collaborative strategies? · What are the best practices in establishment of a genuinely multimodal planning process? An early product of such a research effort (whether by ACRP, NCHRP, or TCRP) might be bet- ter documentation of the role of FAA-sponsored planning efforts within the traditional MPOs. The program has been well established in major MPOs, but the activities of the aviation planners are not always well understood by the rest of the transportation planning community. Such a study could examine the effectiveness of the existing planning program and make recommendations for strength- ening the link between aviation planning and traditional metropolitan transportation planning. Step 2: Undertake the Program for Data Gathering and System Monitoring The ACRP has already announced a major study to support the creation of improved airport access surveys and methods (ACRP Project 03-04), which was an implicit recommendation stemming from Step 2. At this time, it is still unclear if any research program is adequately addressing the issue of basic data in support of the study of the travel patterns of airport employees. As shown in Chapter 8, the basic data available to support the examination of employee travel behavior is out of date and highly inconsistent in format and content. The researchers highly recommend that employee travel to airports be raised in priority for immediate research. Finally, the valuable work once undertaken by the American Travel Survey is not currently being funded by the U.S. DOT. A fundamental observation of this report is that the behavior and 196