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ABA voices support for equitable airport access

Posted on September 15, 2017

The statement urged Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., and Ranking Member Bill Nelson, D-Fla., of the Senate Commerce Committee and Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to provide clarity and a level playing field for landside transportation at the country's airports. Photo: The American Bus Association
The statement urged Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., and Ranking Member Bill Nelson, D-Fla., of the Senate Commerce Committee and Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to provide clarity and a level playing field for landside transportation at the country's airports. Photo: The American Bus Association

The American Bus Association (ABA) joined the National Limousine Assoc.; Near Airport Parking Industry Trade Assoc.; and the Taxicab, Limousine, Paratransit Assoc. in addressing a letter to members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The statement urged Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., and Ranking Member Bill Nelson, D-Fla., of the Senate Commerce Committee and Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to provide clarity and a level playing field for landside transportation at the country's airports.

The letter states that private motorcoach face barriers to landside access of federally funded airports. It mentions that inequitable access includes inconvenient and inconsistent drop-off and pickup locations, and fees.

The coalition urges the creation of a working group led by the Department of Transportation’s Undersecretary for Policy to study the effectiveness of achieving those goals already set forth in Section 47101 of the U.S. Code - encouraging intermodal connections on airport properties to serve passengers efficiently as well as promoting economic development, economic productivity, and global competitiveness.

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