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Scoring Airport Rail Connections To Transit

A master's thesis that establishes a numerical ranking system for airport transit connections has been added to the Resource Center best practices database.

"A New Procedure for Scoring Rail Transit Connections to U.S. Airports" was submitted in May 2012 by Mark William Peterson to the faculty of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science In Civil Engineering.

Peterson analyzed rail transit accessibility for 25 airports, examining eight characteristics:

  • Travel time difference between car and train
  • Transit cost difference between car and train
  • Airport/transit connection type
  • Network size
  • Train frequency
  • Rail transit mode share
  • Business traveler percentage
  • Low-cost carrier percentage

The top airport was John F. Kennedy, with a 75.8 score. Los Angeles International scored the lowest, with 34.8.

The scoring system can also be used to predict a score for an airport undergoing major transit upgrades.

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