Employees are vital to the effective operation of any airport. They staff the airport on a daily basis from well before the first flight until after the last, which at many airports means 24/7 coverage. This need for continual coverage often means that fixed route public transportation may not fully satisfy airport employee commute needs, making the private automobile to be the only available commute mode for many. Airport employees’ commute options and their mode choices have more than impact on airport traffic and the environment. Their commute decisions affect airport economics, the quality of life for employees, and airport employee recruitment and retention.
ACRP Synthesis 36: Exploring Airport Employee Commute and Parking Strategies documents what is known about airport employee commute patterns and modes. The report summarizes what programs are being offered to airport employees by the airport operator or a transportation management association. The synthesis also includes what is known about the effectiveness of airport employee commute options programs. The report also identifies several employee commute programs offered by non-airport employers that may be relevant in the airport environment.
This webinar featured the primary author of the ACRP synthesis and representatives from two of the five case studies featured in the report. Each case study provided examples of how employee commute options strategies are applied in their airport environment.
Diane M. Ricard has been working on airport transportation projects for more than 25 years. The projects often involve understanding travel behavior, evaluating solutions to change or accommodate travel patterns, developing and implementing programs aimed at reducing vehicle trips, evaluating the economic potential of transportation programs, or making recommendations for improved financial performance. She holds a BA in Mathematics from American International College and an MS in Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She conducted the research and authored ACRP Synthesis 36, “Exploring Airport Employee Commute and Parking Strategies,” while she was the Principal at DMR Consulting, a sole proprietorship. She is currently the Manager of the Airport Business Office for the Massachusetts Port Authority. Copy of Diane Ricard’s presentation (pdf)
Devon Deming has been the Rideshare Program Manager for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), since 2003. She directs all of LAWA’s Employee Transportation Benefits Programs, including mass transit, vanpool, carpool, biking and walking programs at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Los Angeles/Ontario Airport (LA/ONT) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY). She takes an active role in regional transportation planning and implementation through her involvement on LA Metro Councils and Advisory Groups, and the board of the South Bay / Westside Transportation Management Association (SBW TMA). She has also served as the President of the Southern California Chapter of the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT), since 2007, and is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). Copy of Devon Deming’s presentation (pdf)
Lourenço Dantas, AICP, has sixteen years of professional transportation planning experience, including seven years at Massport working on behalf of Boston’s Logan International Airport, providing expert analysis for surface transportation planning, transit operations, and capital projects. He is a member of TRB’s Airport Terminals and Ground Access Committee (AV050). Copy of Lourenço Dantas’s presentation (pdf)
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