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The Potential Role of Airports as Intermodal Terminals: Lessons from International and Domestic Experiences


The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, calls for closer coordination of intermodal transportation as a method to solve many of today’s transportation problems. The passage of this Act has prompted many engineers and planners to re-assess the potential benefits of intermodal cooperation. One area that has gained increased attention is the relationship between air and rail transportation. Many intermodal proponents feel that the integration of air and rail travel could help reduce airport congestion and delay. They also believe that it creates additional capacity so that the system is able to meet forecasted demand.

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