The National Academies

ACRP 10-33 [Anticipated]

Incorporating Emerging Ground Access Technologies at Airports

  Project Data
Funds: $500,000
Staff Responsibility: Theresia H. Schatz
Fiscal Year: 2022

This project has been tentatively selected and a project statement (request for proposals) is expected to be available on this website. The problem statement below will be the starting point for a panel of experts to develop the project statement.

Electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles (AVs) (including robotaxis) are expected to contribute an increasing share of landside activity at airports. The transition will likely affect all components of an airport’s landside facilities, including roadways, curbs, parking, and ground transportation centers. Airports must consider these trends in their facility planning, yet little is known about the degree to which these new technologies will advance and the pace at which growth will occur. In addition, the facility impacts of these emerging technologies are yet to be defined: Will AVs require more or less curb space? Will dwell times be higher or lower? Should AV activity be segregated from traditional activity? Will airports see significant shifts in mode shares that result in overused and/or underused facilities? What revenue impacts and opportunities might be anticipated?
The objective of this research is to provide guidance and tools to help airports incorporate emerging ground access technologies into their landside facilities, including roadways, curbs, parking, and ground transportation centers.

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