ACRP Report 40: Airport Curbside and Terminal Area Roadway Operations was published in 2010. Since that time, new and emerging ground access trends (e.g., TNCs, driverless vehicles) have emerged. In addition, ACRP Report 40 focused on data gathering and analysis, and not on planning, modifying, and operating roadways and curbsides to achieve maximum efficiency, safety, security, and customer service. Curbsides must accommodate various modes of access and egress, ranging from single occupant vehicles to large buses. Important security issues also must be considered at terminal curbsides. Given that the cost of adding more curb can be significant (e.g., adding a second level), airports would benefit from identifying cost-effective best practices for curb management to increase existing capacity.
The objective of this research is to update ACRP Report 40 to reflect the latest best practices and emerging ground access trends. This guidance should help airports address their unique needs (e.g., airport size, curbside geometry, climate) and gain maximum efficiency from the existing facilities so as to delay significant infrastructure improvements.