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ACRP AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM REPORT 35 Sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration Planning for Offsite Airport Terminals
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ACRP OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE* TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD 2010 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE* CHAIR OFFICERS James Wilding CHAIR: Michael R. Morris, Director of Transportation, North Central Texas Council of Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (re- Governments, Arlington tired) VICE CHAIR: Neil J. Pedersen, Administrator, Maryland State Highway Administration, Baltimore VICE CHAIR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Robert E. Skinner, Jr., Transportation Research Board Jeff Hamiel MEMBERS MinneapolisSt. Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission J. Barry Barker, Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY Allen D. Biehler, Secretary, Pennsylvania DOT, Harrisburg MEMBERS Larry L. Brown, Sr., Executive Director, Mississippi DOT, Jackson James Crites Deborah H. Butler, Executive Vice President, Planning, and CIO, Norfolk Southern Corporation, DallasFort Worth International Airport Norfolk, VA Richard de Neufville William A.V. 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AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM ACRP REPORT 35 Planning for Offsite Airport Terminals MarketSense Consulting LLC Boston, MA IN ASSOCIATION WITH DMR Consulting Pasadena, CA Jacobs Consultancy Burlingame, CA Matthew A. Coogan White River Junction, VT AND Resource Systems Group, Inc White River Junction, VT Subscriber Categories Aviation Research sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD WASHINGTON, D.C. 2010 www.TRB.org
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AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM ACRP REPORT 35 Airports are vital national resources. They serve a key role in trans- Project 10-02 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 978-0-309-15488-8 connects with other modes of transportation and where federal respon- Library of Congress Control Number 2010931671 sibility for managing and regulating air traffic operations intersects with the role of state and local governments that own and operate most © 2010 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 35 Christopher W. Jenks, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Crawford F. Jencks, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Michael R. Salamone, ACRP Manager Joseph J. Brown-Snell, Program Associate Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Andréa Briere, Editor ACRP PROJECT 10-02 PANEL Field of Operations Steven Tafuro, TranSystems Corporation, South Norwalk, CT (Chair) Michael J. Cheyne, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, College Park, GA Alexandre Gomes de Barros, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada Dennis Mewshaw, HNTB Corporation, Henderson, NV Jim Ritchie, Los Angeles World Airports, Los Angeles, CA Lawrence "Larry" Smith, Odessa, FL Paul J. Wiedefeld, Baltimore Washington International Airport, BWI Airport, MD Paul L. Friedman, FAA Liaison Christine Gerencher, TRB Liaison
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FOREWORD By Michael R. Salamone Staff Officer Transportation Research Board ACRP Report 35: Planning for Offsite Airport Terminals provides information for airports that wish to serve urban or suburban originating passengers with remote terminal facilities. Airport planners (including facility, operations, environmental, and development) will find the report helps to identify potential customers for an offsite terminal and how the concept fits into airport planning. The report can be used in three ways. First, those in the airport industry interested in the concept can use the information in the conclusions and recommendations to determine whether the concept merits their consideration, based on existing and anticipated opera- tional issues and long-term goals and objectives for the airport/region. Second, those in the industry interested in pursuing the development of offsite terminals can use the detailed information in the report to determine geographic market areas to be served by an offsite terminal and the potential number of customers. Third, those interested in developing an offsite terminal can use the planning guide as a roadmap for the process. It is important for an airport to establish goals and objectives prior to evaluating the fea- sibility of offsite terminals. A planning guide provides practical assistance to airport staff and other decisionmakers when planning and developing an offsite terminal and airport transportation link. It is intended to guide project elements and issues that are common to most offsite terminal projects, with the recognition that circumstances at an individual air- port may warrant deviations from the recommendations in the guide. Under ACRP Project 10-02, MarketSense Consulting LLC of Boston, MA, was asked to investigate and present the most current knowledge related to the operation of remote air- port terminals and to develop guidance, which was based upon airport experience to assist airports in the planning, design, and implementation of such an offsite facility. The research focused on a handful of domestic case studies, which provide a summary of current infor- mation and practice on the concept of off-airport passenger processing. Two international locations were also examined for the potential benefit of domestic airports. The case stud- ies look at airport characteristics, market research data, ridership trends, information on branding/marketing/advertising, motivation for developing the offsite terminal, amenities, and financial information.
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CONTENTS 1 Chapter 1 Introduction 1 Guide Purpose 1 Definitions and Assumptions 3 Chapter 2 Rationale for an Offsite Terminal 3 Development of Goals and Objectives 3 Motivation for an Offsite Terminal 4 Developing Goals and Objectives 7 Chapter 3 Market Determination 7 Data Requirements and Processing 11 Offsite Terminal Market Analysis 19 Checklist for Offsite Terminal Market Analysis 21 Chapter 4 Project Definition and Planning 21 Site Selection Process 23 Transportation Link 29 Customer Parking 34 Offsite Terminal 39 Chapter 5 Costs and Benefits 39 Financial Performance of an Offsite Terminal and Transportation Link 44 Other Benefits 47 On-Airport Financial Impacts 50 Chapter 6 Plan of Finance and Financial Feasibility 50 State and Local Coordination/Funds 51 Federal Funding Sources 55 Local Funding Sources 58 Federal and State Credit Assistance 59 Mixed-Use Developments and Intermodal Centers 61 Summary of Funding Sources 63 Chapter 7 Branding, Advertising, and Customer Service 63 Branding 64 Public Information 64 Advertising--Communicating with Target Markets 66 Customer Service 66 Information Technology 67 Chapter 8 Implementation Guidelines 67 Negotiation of Terms of Agreement 68 Timeline Development 69 Transportation Link 70 Offsite Terminal Facility Preparation and Capital Improvements
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70 On-Airport Facility Preparation 70 Develop Pro Forma and Scenario Analysis 70 Advertising, Branding, and Public Information 71 Communication 71 Security Plan 71 Project Sponsor Approval Procedure 71 Accounting 72 Chapter 9 Performance Monitoring 72 Goals and Objectives 72 Finance 72 User Statistics 73 Operational Performance Measures 73 Mitigation 73 Surveys 74 Customer Feedback 75 References 76 Appendix Transit Air Benefits Calculator: Description and User's Manual Note: Many of the photographs, figures, and tables in this report have been converted from color to grayscale for printing. The electronic version of the report (posted on the Web at www.trb.org) retains the color versions.