AIRPORTS AND ACCESSIBILITY

IN ANALYZING THE NEED FOR IMPROVED AIRPORT ACCESSIBILITY EMPHASIS IS USUALLY GIVEN TO TRAVEL TO AND FROM THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICTS. HOWEVER, EMPHASIS DIRECTED MERELY TO THIS ONE ASPECT TENDS TO OVERLOOK THE LARGER PROBLEM OF SERVING THE NEEDS OF ALL AIRPORT ACTIVITIES. AIRPORTS BEGINNING AS TRANSPORTATION CENTERS ARE ALSO BECOMING INDUSTRIAL PARKS, RECREATIONS CENTERS, BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL CENTERS- ALMOST, IN SHORT, NONCENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICTS. THE ADDITION OF THESE LATTER ACTIVITES, RATHER THAN THE GROWTH OF AIR TRAVEL ITSELF, IS FREQUENTLY MOST RESPONSIBLE FOR GROUND TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS AT MANY AIRPORTS. THIS PAPER EXAMINES CBD-ORIENTED TRAVEL AS WELL AS THE CHARACTERISTICS OF ALL AIR PASSENGER TRAVEL AND TOTAL AIRPORT TRAVEL. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT WHILE THE MOST IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR WILL CONTINUE TO BE THAT CONNECTING WITH THE CBD, NONPASSENGER FUNCTIONS AT PRINCIPAL AIRPORTS WILL CONTINUE TO FOCUS HIGH-DENSITY AUTOMOBILE TRAVEL ON THE SITES. TO MEET SUCH CONDITIONS, MANY URBAN AREAS MAY NEED IMPROVED CIRCUMFERENTIAL FACILITES MORE THAN AN IMPROVED CONNECTOR TO THE CBD. AIRPORT ACCESSIBILITY SHOULD BE CONSIDERED IN TERMS OF TOTAL AIRPORT ACTIVITY, AND THE COMMUNITY IS LIKELY TO BE BETTER SERVED BY CONSIDERING AIRPORT GROUND TRAVEL WITH RESPECT TO THE WHOLE URBAN ENVIRONMENT.

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    Eno Transportation Foundation

    1250 I Street, NW, Suite 750
    Washington, DC  USA  20005
  • Authors:
    • Witheford, D K
  • Publication Date: 1969-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 275-284
  • Serial:
    • Traffic Quarterly
    • Volume: 23
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Eno Transportation Foundation
    • ISSN: 0041-0713

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  • Accession Number: 00241202
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2002 12:00AM