Monday, September 19, 2005

Transit to the airport

Don't miss the new post at the Intermodality blog on transit to the airport. Christof totally nails it, including the reasons why airport rail doesn't carry as many people as you'd think it would. Fortunately, I've heard the new head of Metro, Frank Wilson, make similar comments on the poor cost-benefit ratio of airport rail across the nation, so I think he understands that good express buses are the right approach.


At 1:50 PM, September 19, 2005, Blogger John Whiteside said...

The location of IAH makes useful rail pretty difficult. Christof mentions DC's Nat'l Airport Metro, which is a whole other story; in terms of % of air travelers carried, it sounds bad, but it's in the middle of a rail line used extensively for destinations on either side of the airport (because the airport is practically downtown). Similarly Boston's rail station makes sense because of proximity to the city. But once you put an airport in a location like IAH, rail becomes a lot less useful.


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