External Impacts of an Intraurban Air Transportation System in the San Francisco Bay Area — Summary Report

by John Y. Lu, Jean R. Gebman, T. F. Kirkwood, Paul T. McClure, James P. Stucker

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Identifies and estimates the socioeconomic effects of a hypothetical V/STOL commuter system on the nine-county Bay Area, circa 1980 and 1990. First, installing the system in a time of full employment would be slightly inflationary and amidst underemployment mildly stimulating. The system as envisioned would probably benefit mainly middle- and upper-income travelers. At a few terminals (different ones for each effect), air pollution and noise would likely pose serious problems that warrant further study. As regards road congestion, an important advantage of installing V/STOL is the money it would save in future highway expansion costs. As for long-term effects, the prospect of fast, relatively inexpensive commuting via V/STOL might entice workers to move to outlying suburbs near V/STOL terminals, shaping the future growth of the greater region.

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