The National Academies

ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S06-08 [Active (Synthesis)]

Exploring Airport Employee Commuting and Transportation Needs
[ ACRP 11-03 (Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $55,000
Staff Responsibility: Jordan Christensen
Research Agency: DPrather Aviation Solutions
Principal Investigator: Daniel Prather
Fiscal Year: 2023


Increasingly, airports are facing challenges attracting and maintaining a consistent workforce. Among the challenges an airport faces are limited information on its workforce, and the cost, availability, and mode of transportation the employee uses to commute to and from work. Several airports have organized Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) which provide commuter assistance, especially for employees whose early morning trips begin before the region's transit system is operating. The purpose of this research would be to document why employees choose their mode of transportation when commuting to and from the airport, and how airports seek to influence the employees’ commuting decisions. This synthesis would assist airport management at a wide variety of U.S. airports.

The objective of this synthesis is to describe how airport employees commute to and from work, and how airports are seeking to influence employee transportation decisions. The audience for this report is airport management and staff seeking to understand, plan for, and accommodate the transportation commute needs of airport employees. 

Information to be described in a concise report includes (but is not limited to):
•    Describe the mode of transportation airport employees (individuals employed by the airport, airlines, or other tenants) use to commute to work. 
•    Describe why airport employees choose the mode of transportation used to commute to work.
•    Describe how airports seek to influence employee transportation, and if they have airport employee commuter transportation benefits.  
•    Case examples should include airports of a diverse size, type, and geography.

Information will be collected through literature review, a survey of airports if applicable, and interviews with selected airports for the development of case examples. Knowledge gaps and suggestions for future research, including a problem statement, to address those gaps will be identified.

Partial Information Sources

ACRP Synthesis 36, Exploring Airport Employee Commute and Parking Strategies, 2012. https://www.trb.org/Publications/Blurbs/167704.aspx 

ACRP Report 40, Airport Curbside and Terminal Area Roadway Operations, 2010. https://www.trb.org/ACRP/Blurbs/164469.aspx 

Risby, James; Guest, Sam; Warnock-Smith, David. A critical analysis of Bristol Airport's employee surface access habits: Developing strategic recommendations for reducing private vehicle usage. Research in Transportation Business & Management, Volume 43, Issue 0, 2022, 100700

TRB Staff
Jordan Christensen
Email: jchristensen@nas.edu

Meeting Dates
First Panel: October 3, 2023
Teleconference with Consultant: September 26, 2023
Second Panel Meeting: May 17, 2024

Topic Panel
Gloria Bender, TransSolutions        
Chappelle Broome-Stevenson, Elevation! Services
Brett Caldwell, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
Lisa Nguyen, Denver International Airport
David Tomporowski, Port of Seattle
Mary Tromp, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport


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