This paper suggests (1) that the ground transportation problem, the portion of the trip package during which the traveler is not actually airborne, is capable of significant improvement if the interaction of the multiple socioeconomic factors affecting it are considered and (2) that the responsibility for this study and analysis is properly the burden of the air industry. Available data support the theory that a multiport complex served by V/STOL type aircraft (for trips up to 800 miles) would be a more practical and satisfactory solution to present and future problems of airport access, inner-terminal delays, and aircraft queuing delays than rapid-transit systems between central airports and downtown centers. 26 pp. Ref.
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