Research Projects

Busing Resources for Aircraft Emergencies and Transportation Outages

To determine best practices for providing backup transportation within an airport for the following situations:

- Aircraft emergencies, where passengers must deplane an aircraft and be bused to a terminal

- Planned and unplanned outages of alternative intra-airport transportation systems such as trains.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Many airports invest capital resources to maintain bus fleets for irregular operations of their on-airport transportation systems, such as trains, and for passenger transportation during an unplanned aircraft emergency where deplaning is not possible at the terminal or jetbridge. Given that the bus fleets are used infrequently and drivers are not always available, it would be helpful to have a synthesis of best practices and alternatives (eg, mutual aid agreements, on-call contracts with third party operators) and the positives/negatives of each alternative.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

To determine best practices for providing backup transportation within an airport for the following situations:
- Aircraft emergencies, where passengers must deplane an aircraft and be bused to a terminal
- Planned and unplanned outages of alternative intra-airport transportation systems such as trains.

Approach (Describe in general terms the steps you think are needed to achieve the objective.)

Many airports invest capital resources to maintain bus fleets for irregular operations of their on
-airport transportation
systems, such as trains, and for passenger transportation during an unplanned aircraft emergency where deplaning is
not possible at the terminal or jetbridge. Given that the bus fleets are used infrequently and drivers are not always
availab
le, it would be helpful to have a synthesis of best practices and alternatives (eg, mutual aid agreements, on
-call
contracts with third party operators) and the positives/negatives of each alternative. Further, it would be good to
understand whether airpor
ts plan for various scenarios beyond IRROPS (for example power outages). Overall, the
operating and capital cost implications of maintaining busing fleets for limited scenarios can be daunting both for
large and small airport operators. To the extent that
airports have creative arrangements in place for shared resources
or mutual aid agreements, this knowledge and these approaches could help airport reduce their costs related to busing
resources in the future.

Cost Estimate and Backup (Provide a cost estimate and support for how you arrived at the estimate.)

$40,000 synthesis. This should be able to be completed through relatively straightforward survey and outreach work.
The project panel will have to carefully define questions to ensure that the desired outcome is achieved.

Related Research - List related ACRP and other industry research; describe gaps (see link to Research Roadmaps above), and describe how your idea would address these gaps. This is a critical element of a synthesis topic submission.

Emergency guidebook for GA Airports:
http://www.airtap.umn.edu/publications/factsheets/documents/emergency_guidebook.pdf
FAA AC 150/5200 31 C:
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=0ahUKEwil6t7ctvHZAhVm94MKH
QU9A7kQFggxMAE&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.faa.gov%2Fdocument
Library%2Fmedia%2FAdvisory_Circular
%2F150_5200_31c_consolidated.doc&usg=AOvVaw39VV35UVNSG1OijYI5xueo

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