STUDY OF AIRCRAFT IN INTRAURBAN TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS: SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

The study examines the nine-county San Francisco Bay area in two time periods (1975-1980 and 1985-1990 as a scenario for analyzing the characteristics of an intraurban, commuter-oriented aircraft transportation system. Aircraft have dominated the long-haul passenger market for some time, but efforts to penetrate the very-short-haul intraurban market have met with only token success. Yet, the characteristics of an aircraft transportation system speed and flexibility are very much needed to solve the transportation ills of our major urban areas. In August 1967, The Boeing Company completed the "Study of Aircraft in Short-Haul Transportation Systems," reference 1. That study examined the use of VTOL STOL aircraft in short-range 150-400 mi-80-644 km) intercity transportation systems, all of which had had some form of CTOL air service for some time. The results showed that both VOTL and STOL aircraft could be economically viable over those ranges. The present study of aircraft in intraurban transportation systems is concerned with ranges below those investigated in the previous study. This study will attempt to determine if the aircraft can contribute toward solving the transportation problems of major metropolitan areas and be economically viable in such an environment. The current method of providing for the increased transportation demands in our major cities is to build bigger freeways, add rapid transit (such as the Bay Area Rapid Transit), or both. With freeways becoming less and less popular with amateur and professional ecologists, public transportation systems are being looked on with more favor. Local and national subsidies are available in varying amounts. The flexibility inherent in an aircraft transportation system and its freedom from community-disrupting ground corridors offer some possible improvements over ground systems.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Boeing Company

    P.O. Box 3707
    Seattle, WA  USA  98124
  • Publication Date: 1971-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 525 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00155535
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NASA CR-114347
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1977 12:00AM