PROVIDING GROUND ACCESS TO THE KANSAS CITY AIRPORT

KANSAS CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IS SCHEDULED TO OPEN IN 1971, AT WHICH TIME ALL COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS WILL BE TRANSFERRED FROM THE PRESENT KANSAS CITY MUNICIPAL AIRPORT. THIS WILL BE ONE OF THE PRINCIPAL REGIONAL AIRPORTS OF THE UNITED STATES. IT IS NOW ANTICIPATED THAT MORE THAN 5 MILLION AIR TRAVELERS WILL ARRIVE, DEPART, AND TRANSFER AT THIS AIRPORT DURING ITS FIRST YEAR OF OPERATION, AND A RAPID GROWTH FROM THIS NUMBER IS EXPECTED EACH YEAR THEREAFTER. THE PRESENT AIRPORT, KANSAS CITY MUNICIPAL, IS 2 MILES NORTH OF THE KANSAS CITY CBD. STUDIES MADE IN CONNECTION WITH PLANNING ON THIS PROJECT SHOWED US THAT APPROXIMATELY 30 PERCENT OF THE AIR PASSENGERS AT KANSAS CITY WERE TRANSIENTS TO THE CBD AND ANOTHER 40 PERCENT ARE RESIDENTS LIVING IN THE SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST PARTS OF THE METROPOLITAN AREA. THE NEW AIRPORT, KANSAS CITY INTERNATIONAL, IS LOCATED TO THE NORTH AND WEST OF THE CBD, 19 MILES FROM THE CBD. THREE YEARS AGO, THE KANSAS CITY AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY, SHORTLY AFTER ITS ORGANIZATION, REALIZED THAT PLANNING SHOULD BE COMMENCED ON A PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM TO SERVE THIS AIRPORT. TRAVEL HABITS AND TRAVEL PATTERNS WOULD BE ALTERED DRASTICALLY BY THE AIRPORT RELOCATION. IT WAS THOUGHT THAT, BECAUSE OF THE EXPECTED AND RAPID DEVELOPMENT IN THE AIRPORT AREA, THE EXISTING AND COMMITTED HIGHWAY AND FREEWAY SYSTEMS WOULD BE OVERTAXED WITHIN A FEW YEARS AFTER THE AIRPORT OPENS. WITH THE AID OF A TECHNICAL STUDY GRANT FROM THE URBAN MASS TRANSPORTATION ADMINISTRATION, THE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY CONTRACTED WITH THE ENGINEERING FIRM HOWARD, NEEDLES, TAMMEN AND BERGENDOFF TO EXAMINE THE PROBLEM AND TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE AUTHORITY. SPECIFICALLY, THE ENGINEERS WERE COMMISSIONED TO (A) PROJECT TO 1990 THE TRAFFIC ON THE FREEWAY SYSTEM SERVING THE AIRPORT AND ESTIMATE THE DEMAND FOR AND USE OF A PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM; AND (B) EXAMINE THE VARIOUS SYSTEMS THAT ARE OR SHORTLY WILL BE AVAILABLE AND RECOMMEND A SYSTEM TO THE AUTHORITY. HNTB'S RECOMMENDATION OF A RAPID TRANSIT ACCESS SYSTEM IS DESCRIBED AND DISCUSSED. /AUTHOR/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 16-20
  • Monograph Title: PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TO AIRPORTS
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00241458
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 2 1971 12:00AM