Excellence in Scholarship

The Excellence in Scholarship award acknowledges an ACT member for recent scholarly work in transportation demand management, one of its subdisciplines, or in a related field when the research demonstrates applicability to TDM goals. The research should have been conducted and submitted for publication, first published, or submitted for academic credit. Collaborative efforts may be recognized so long as one member of the team is an ACT member. Applicants are asked to provide an extended (up to 500 word) abstract that describes the nominee’s work

Excellence in Scholarship – ACRP Synthesis 36 (2012)

Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 36 “Exploring Airport Employee Commute and Parking Strategies “ was sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and published by the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) Transportation Research Board (TRB) in 2012.  ACT member and Southern California Chapter President, Devon Deming, was a member of the research Topic Panel for this report.  Ms. Deming is the Rideshare Program Manager for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), which was also chosen as one of the five (5) airports used as case studies in this report.

Airport employees generate a significant number of vehicle trips to and from the airport each day, which impact air quality, airport traffic conditions, and traffic in the communities surrounding the airport and

on the freeway system. The purpose of this research was to determine what is known about airport employee commute patterns and commute modes, what programs are being offered to airport employees by the airport operator or a transportation management association(TMA) to provide them with alternatives to the drive alone commute to work, how progress is being monitored, what is known about the effectiveness of airport employee commute options (ECO) programs, what the challenges are for the providers of such programs, and to research some employee commute options programs offered by non-airport employers for program elements that may have applicability in the airport environment.

This research was accomplished through a literature search of airport employee commute programs, including commute programs offered by non-airport employers that may have applicability in the airport environment, and through interviews with four U.S. and one U.K. airport operators that offer comprehensive airport employee commute options programs. Of 16 airports and 3 TMAs identified, 84% were interviewed. Each of the five case studies provides an example of how employee commute options strategies are applied in the airport environment.

This study confirmed that very few U.S. airport operators provide comprehensive ECO programs for their employees, as it was determined only six airports had comprehensive employee commute

options programs. The research indicated the benefits of the ECO programs resulted in trip savings, environmental benefits, and offered employees more viable options for commuting.

This synthesis is an immediately useful document that records the practices that were acceptable within the limitations of the knowledge available but also indicates that additional research on this topic is needed. Report recommendations included preparing a Guidebook on How to Develop an Airportwide Employee Commute Program as a reference tool for all airports as a next step in the process.

Diane M. Ricard, DMR Consulting, Pasadena, California, collected and synthesized the information from the case study airports and topic panelists and wrote the final report.

Topic panel members were:

MICHAEL J. CHEYNE, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport

RICHARD A. CUNARD, Transportation Research Board

LOURENÇO W. DANTAS, Massachusetts Port Authority

DEVON DEMING, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)

JASON A. GATELY, Port of Portland (Oregon)

JULIE KENFIELD, Jacobs Engineering, Inc., San Antonio, Texas


JEFFREY BREEDEN, Federal Aviation Administration, Dulles, VA (Liaison)