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CHAPTER 2 Rationale for an Offsite Terminal Development of Goals and Objectives A crucial first step in the development of an offsite terminal and transportation link is for the project sponsor to define the project's goals and objectives. If some of the recommendations in this document are counter to the goals and objectives for a specific offsite terminal project, the project sponsor should make decisions that are appropriate for the project. It is important for the project sponsor to define the purpose of the offsite terminal within its operating environment, what it hopes to accomplish, and the resources it is willing to make avail- able. Clear goals and objectives will help to shape the project, facilitate its development among various departments that may have different objectives within the sponsoring organization, and provide the project sponsor with guidelines for measuring success once the offsite terminal and transportation link are operational. Motivation for an Offsite Terminal During the project planning and development process, individuals involved with the project must understand the motivation behind establishing the offsite terminal. There are many reasons why the project sponsor may consider introducing an offsite terminal and transportation link, including the following reasons. Mitigation measure: Congested conditions on airport roads and terminal curbs, within the region and within airport-impacted communities, due to low-occupancy-vehicle trips generated by airport users and Environmental impacts. Space constraints: Parking, Airport roads and terminal curbs, and Terminal Area. Financial: Cost of development on-airport versus off-airport. Customer Service: Provide airport users with excellent high-occupancy transportation options to the airport, Easy access to airport, Competition with other airports, and Serving a specific customer group. 3