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ACRP AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM REPORT 24 Sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration Guidebook for Evaluating Airport Parking Strategies and Supporting Technologies
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ACRP OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE* TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD 2009 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE* CHAIR OFFICERS James Wilding CHAIR: Adib K. Kanafani, Cahill Professor of Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley Independent Consultant VICE CHAIR: Michael R. Morris, Director of Transportation, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Arlington VICE CHAIR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Robert E. Skinner, Jr., Transportation Research Board Jeff Hamiel MinneapolisSt. Paul MEMBERS Metropolitan Airports Commission J. Barry Barker, Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY MEMBERS Allen D. Biehler, Secretary, Pennsylvania DOT, Harrisburg James Crites Larry L. Brown, Sr., Executive Director, Mississippi DOT, Jackson DallasFort Worth International Airport Deborah H. Butler, Executive Vice President, Planning, and CIO, Norfolk Southern Corporation, Richard de Neufville Norfolk, VA Massachusetts Institute of Technology William A.V. 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AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM ACRP REPORT 24 Guidebook for Evaluating Airport Parking Strategies and Supporting Technologies Jacobs Consultancy Burlingame, CA IN ASSOCIATION WITH WALKER PARKING CONSULTANTS Indianapolis, IN MANNIX GROUP Orlando, FL DMR CONSULTING Pasadena, CA Subject Areas Aviation Research sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD WASHINGTON, D.C. 2009 www.TRB.org
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AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM ACRP REPORT 24 Airports are vital national resources. They serve a key role in trans- Project 10-03 portation of people and goods and in regional, national, and inter- ISSN 1935-9802 national commerce. They are where the nation's aviation system ISBN 978-0-309-11809-5 connects with other modes of transportation and where federal respon- Library of Congress Control Number 2009940240 sibility for managing and regulating air traffic operations intersects with the role of state and local governments that own and operate most © 2009 National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. airports. Research is necessary to solve common operating problems, to adapt appropriate new technologies from other industries, and to introduce innovations into the airport industry. 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COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAMS CRP STAFF FOR ACRP REPORT 24 Christopher W. Jenks, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Crawford F. Jencks, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Michael R. Salamone, ACRP Manager Marci A. Greenberger, Senior Program Officer Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications ACRP PROJECT 10-03 PANEL Field of Operations Armin Jose Cruz, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX (Chair) Evelyn Y. Addante, Massachusetts Port Authority, Boston, MA Dan Brame, Brame Northwest Parking and Transportation, Portland, OR Harold Schulke, Kimley-Horn & Associates, Houston, TX Danilo Simich, Parsons, Costa Mesa, CA Tim Stiles, Des Moines International Airport, IA Paul L. Friedman, FAA Liaison Richard A. Cunard, TRB Liaison AUTHOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The research discussed in this report was performed under ACRP Project 10-03, "Evaluating Airport Parking Strategies and Supporting Technologies," by a research team of recognized experts in airport parking planning, operations, and technologies. Jacobs Consultancy was the primary research con- sultant. Peter Mandle, Director at Jacobs Consultancy, was the Principal Investigator and W. Gavin R. Duncan, Principal Consultant at Jacobs Consultancy, was the Deputy Principal Investigator. The other authors were Andrew Blaisdell, Consultant at Jacobs Consultancy; Thomas A. Butcher, Executive Vice President at Walker Parking Consultants; Mike Mannix of the Mannix Group; and Diane Ricard, Princi- pal of DMR Consulting. Alice Richard, Senior Consultant at Jacobs Consultancy, coordinated the litera- ture review. Serena Quan coordinated the internal production and word processing. Deborah Lubin served as the technical editor. The research team would like to express its gratitude to the members of the project panel for their sup- port and insightful comments throughout this research project. The research team would also like to thank the many airport staff who took the time to share their insights, experience, and opinions with the research team and to respond to follow-up queries. The research team also appreciates the contribution of the representatives of the parking operators and equipment vendors and manufacturers who shared their knowledge of existing and forthcoming strategies and technologies.
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FOREWORD By Marci A. Greenberger Staff Officer Transportation Research Board ACRP Report 24: Guidebook for Evaluating Airport Parking Strategies and Supporting Tech- nologies presents various parking strategies and technologies that are employed, or have poten- tial applications, at airports in the United States. This guidebook will assist airport operators in (1) determining their specific goals as they relate to public parking and their customer needs; (2) gaining an understanding of the parking strategies and technologies that correspond to their goals; and (3) evaluating benefits, costs, and implementation. With parking as the primary source of non-airline revenue at airports, and usually the cus- tomer's first and last experience with the airport, it is an important focus in an airport's over- all strategic plan. ACRP Report 24 provides--in a single source--a buffet of parking strategies and technologies to complement and achieve airport operators' long-term goals and objectives. This guidebook will be useful to airport parking owners and operators, and their consultants, as they strive to better accommodate the needs of their customers, improve customer service, increase operational efficiency, and enhance net revenues. Airport parking is unique compared with other parking facilities in that the customer as an airline passenger is different from the customer using parking facilities serving office buildings, shopping malls, hospitals, or downtown areas. Furthermore, each airport is unique among all other airports, as they vary in size, configuration, and the demographics of passengers served. Thus, their needs require a careful evaluation of strategies that best fit. Under ACRP Project 10-03, Jacobs Consultancy was assigned to develop a guidebook that could be used to compare and contrast available parking strategies and supporting tech- nologies and then provide guidance on implementation for each. The research team reviewed relevant domestic and foreign literature and interviewed parking managers at air- ports known to have unique solutions, as well as senior management of non-airport park- ing facilities and equipment vendors. These interviews were conducted both domestically and internationally. The resulting strategies are categorized to allow the reader to easily eval- uate relevant parking approaches to meet their goals and objectives.
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CONTENTS 1 Chapter 1 Overview of the Guidebook 1 Purpose of the Guidebook 1 Distinguishing Characteristics of Airport Parking Customers 2 Distinguishing Characteristics of Airport Parking Operators 3 Methodology 4 Organization of the Guidebook 5 Chapter 2 Documenting the Goals of Airport Management 5 Evaluation of a Parking Strategy Begins with Management Goals 5 Confirming and Documenting Relevant Management Goals and Objectives 7 Developing Metrics to Evaluate the Performance of Selected Parking Strategies 8 Benchmarking 10 Chapter 3 Assessing Customer Needs and Preferences 10 Data Collection and Analysis 10 Focus Groups 11 Stakeholder Groups 11 Customer Surveys 13 Experience 14 Chapter 4 Parking Strategies and Supporting Technologies 14 Parking Strategy and Technology Categories 15 Examples of Strategies Not Included 15 Potential Parking Strategies and Technologies 17 Category A: Parking Products--Duration Based 33 Category B: Value-Added Parking Products 53 Category C: Complementary Customer Services 68 Category D: Parking Space Availability and Guidance Systems 86 Category E: Cashierless Transactions 101 Category F: Revenue Enhancement Strategies 116 Category G: Safety and Security Strategies 120 Category H: Operational Enhancements 128 Chapter 5 Selecting Potential Strategies and Supporting Technologies 128 Provide a High Level of Customer Service 129 Enhance Parking Revenues 130 Improve Operational Efficiency 139 Chapter 6 Evaluating Potential Strategies and Supporting Technologies 139 Consider the Specific Characteristics of the Airport and Its Customers 139 Airport Customers 141 The Airport Operator 142 Physical Airport Facilities
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143 Evaluate the Implications on Affected Organizations and Stakeholders, as Appropriate 144 Determine the Required Implementation Actions 144 Estimate the Costs and Benefits of Implementation 146 Chapter 7 Key Implementation Steps 146 Obtain Management Approval to Proceed 147 Develop an Implementation Plan 148 Implement the Strategy 148 Conduct Follow-On Review and Evaluation 150 Appendix A Cost Estimates 153 Appendix B Glossary 156 Appendix C Suggested Sources for Further Information 158 Appendix D Bibliography