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Public and Private Transportation Research

Airport Ground Transportation Association

Project 1: Airport Taxicab Curb Design in Major U.S. Airports
This project was an effort to ascertain best practices for efficiency and safety in airport curb design. Fifty U.S. and Canadian airports responded to questions regarding airport speed zones, loading areas, number of taxicabs in service, causes of accidents, security personnel, and the number of passengers using taxi service per day. The primary goal of the study was to build a descriptive model from which future recommendations might be developed.

Project 2: Airport Landside Management Study
This project provided North American airport landside managers with a current profile of the duties of their counterparts at other airports. Information on duties performed, employees, salaries and organizational structure was collected by airport size, compiled and then reported in both tabular and article form.

Project 3: 2002 Airport Ground Transportation Fees and Fares Survey
This biannual survey updated the ground transportation vehicle fees paid to airports by North American airport ground transportation service providers. The airports are categorized by name and size. Collected data included fees paid by on-and off-airport car rental companies, off-airport parking companies, charter buses, limousines and shared ride vans. Taxicab operations specified their gate fees, annual fees, and concession fees, if any. Airport landside managers utilize this information in determining the fair and appropriate fees to charge commercial airport ground transportation providers.

Project 4: Airport Commercial Ground Transportation Safety and Security Survey
This survey of North American airports documented visually and statistically the current situation of airport curbside security measures for courtesy and commercial vehicles following of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Midwest Transportation Consortium from Iowa State University

Project: Research and Training of Private Transportation Providers for the Efficient and Effective Provision of Public Transportation Services
The objectives for this project were to undertake research and training programs which support more efficient and effective public transportation services from both the public and private transportation operators.
Download training session agendas, the Fleet Management Solutions report, and the Maintenance Facilities report. All documents in Adobe Acrobat format. Watch a training session. Warning: This movie 122 MB and requires Quicktime.

Great Cities Consortium

Project 1: Travel Information System at the User Level
The objective of this research is to demonstrate how existing inexpensive information technology can be utilized to improve the lives of ordinary transit users. A secondary objective is to investigate how simple technologies can be applied to the urban public transportation field for the purpose of using information in place of on-time performance and its effect on overall satisfaction with transit service.

Project 2: Technology Transfer from Private to Public Transportation Providers
Traditional public transportation is not the sole provider of “for hire” transportation in most communities it serves. There are many other private transportation operators which provide transportation to the public. Ironically, little is known about these entities, the services they provide or the technologies they employ. The objective of this research is to conduct an in-depth inquiry to determine what public agencies might learn from technologies and/or practices employed by these private sector

Project 3: Measurement Standards for ADA Service Firms.
The objective of this project is to investigate what ADA standards exist in the 17 communities served by GCU members and determine what processes might be utilized in establishing these standards. A further objective of this project is to ascertain a common process for setting ADA standards within the 17 GCU communities. This would not be a defined set of standards, but rather the processes a community might want to utilize in framing a united set of ADA standards and their compliance measures for its public transportation providers.

RCGA (St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association)

Project: Project Delivery System Alternatives for Missouri Highways
The purposes of this report are to (1) describe the characteristics of the traditional design-bid-build delivery system, which is the current prevalent process of constructing highways; (2) define and analyze design-build; (3) explain its advantages and contrast the concerns regarding its implementation; and (4) provide examples of other states which have used design-build as an empirical evidence about its results.


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